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black - Dictionary definition and meaning for word black

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(noun) the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)
Synonyms : blackness , inkiness

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(noun) total absence of light
Example Sentence
  • they fumbled around in total darkness
  • in the black of night

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(noun) British chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat (1728-1799)
Synonyms : joseph black

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(noun) popular child actress of the 1930's (born in 1928)
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(noun) a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa)
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(noun) (board games) the darker pieces
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(noun) black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning)
Example Sentence
  • the widow wore black

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(verb) make or become black
Synonyms : blacken , melanise , melanize , nigrify
Example Sentence
  • The smoke blackened the ceiling
  • The ceiling blackened

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(adj) being of the achromatic color of maximum darkness; having little or no hue owing to absorption of almost all incident light
Example Sentence
  • black leather jackets
  • as black as coal
  • rich black soil

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(adj) of or belonging to a racial group having dark skin especially of sub-Saharan African origin
Example Sentence
  • a great people--a black people--...injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization

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(adj) marked by anger or resentment or hostility
Example Sentence
  • black looks
  • black words

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(adj) offering little or no hope
Synonyms : bleak , dim
Example Sentence
  • the future looked black
  • prospects were bleak
  • Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult
  • took a dim view of things

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(adj) stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable
Synonyms : dark , sinister
Example Sentence
  • black deeds
  • a black lie
  • his black heart has concocted yet another black deed
  • Darth Vader of the dark side
  • a dark purpose
  • dark undercurrents of ethnic hostility
  • the scheme of some sinister intelligence bent on punishing him

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(adj) (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin
Synonyms : calamitous , disastrous , fatal , fateful
Example Sentence
  • the stock market crashed on Black Friday
  • a calamitous defeat
  • the battle was a disastrous end to a disastrous campaign
  • such doctrines, if true, would be absolutely fatal to my theory
  • it is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it
  • a fateful error

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(adj) (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood
Synonyms : blackened
Example Sentence
  • a face black with fury

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(adj) extremely dark
Synonyms : pitch-black , pitch-dark
Example Sentence
  • a black moonless night
  • through the pitch-black woods
  • it was pitch-dark in the cellar

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(adj) harshly ironic or sinister
Synonyms : grim , mordant
Example Sentence
  • black humor
  • a grim joke
  • grim laughter
  • fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit

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(adj) (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading
Example Sentence
  • black propaganda

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(adj) distributed or sold illicitly
Example Sentence
  • the black economy pays no taxes

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(adj) (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame
Example Sentence
  • Man...has written one of his blackest records as a destroyer on the oceanic islands
  • an ignominious retreat
  • inglorious defeat
  • an opprobrious monument to human greed
  • a shameful display of cowardice

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(adj) (of coffee) without cream or sugar
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(adj) soiled with dirt or soot
Synonyms : smutty
Example Sentence
  • with feet black from playing outdoors
  • his shirt was black within an hour

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