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Adjective: black (blacker,blackest)  blak
  1. Being of the achromatic colour of maximum darkness; having little or no hue owing to absorption of almost all incident light
    "black leather jackets"; "as black as coal"; "rich black soil"
     
  2. Of or belonging to a racial group having dark skin especially of sub-Saharan African origin
    "a great people--a black people--...injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization"
     
  3. Marked by anger, resentment or hostility
    "black looks"; "black words"
     
  4. Offering little or no hope
    "the future looked black";
    - bleak, dim
     
  5. Stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonourable
    "black deeds"; "a black lie"; "his black heart has concocted yet another black deed";
    - dark, sinister
     
  6. (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin
    "the stock market crashed on Black Friday";
    - calamitous, disastrous, fatal, fateful
     
  7. (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood
    "a face black with fury";
    - blackened
     
  8. Extremely dark
    "a black moonless night"; "through the pitch-black woods";
    - pitch-black, pitch-dark
     
  9. Harshly ironic or sinister
    "black humour";
    - grim, mordant
     
  10. (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading
    "black propaganda"
     
  11. Distributed or sold illicitly
    "the black economy pays no taxes";
    - bootleg, black-market, contraband, smuggled
     
  12. (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame
    "Man...has written one of his blackest records as a destroyer on the oceanic islands";
    - disgraceful, ignominious, inglorious, opprobrious, shameful
     
  13. (of coffee) without cream or sugar
     
  14. Soiled with dirt or soot
    "his shirt was black within an hour"; "with feet black from playing outdoors";
    - smutty
Noun: black  blak
  1. The quality or state of the achromatic colour of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)
    - blackness, inkiness
     
  2. Total absence of light
    "in the black of night";
    - total darkness, lightlessness, blackness, pitch blackness
     
  3. (board games) the darker pieces
     
  4. Black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning)
    "the widow wore black"
Verb: black  blak
  1. Make or become black
    - blacken, melanize, melanise [Brit], nigrify
Noun: Black  blak
  1. British chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat (1728-1799)
    - Joseph Black
     
  2. A person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa)
    - Black person, Negro
     
  3. Popular child actress of the 1930's (born in 1928)
    - Shirley Temple Black, Shirley Temple

Derived forms: blacked, blackest, blacks, Blacks, blacker, blacking

See also: African-American, Afro-American, angry, colored [US], colorful [US], coloured [Brit, Cdn], colourful [Brit, Cdn], covert, dark, dark-skinned, dirty, dishonorable [US], dishonourable [Brit, Cdn], evil, hopeless, illegal, negro, negroid, non-white, sarcastic, soiled, unclean, undiluted, unfortunate, value

Type of: achromatic color [US], achromatic colour [Brit, Cdn], actress, article of clothing, chemist, clothing, color [US], colour [Brit, Cdn], dark, darkness, discolor [US], discolour [Brit, Cdn], habiliment [archaic], individual, man, mortal, person, person of color [US], person of colour [Brit, Cdn], piece, somebody, someone, soul, vesture, wear, wearable

Antonym: white

Part of: Black race, Negro race, Negroid race

Encyclopedia: Black, MO