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  Definition of Black
  1. black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning); "the widow wore black"
  2. (board games) the darker pieces
  3. the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)
  4. a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa)
  5. popular child actress of the 1930''s (born 1927)
  6. British chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat (1728-1799)
  7. total absence of light; "they fumbled around in total darkness"; "in the black of night"
  8. make or become black; "The smoke blackened the ceiling"; "The ceiling blackened"
  9. marked by anger or resentment or hostility; "black looks"; "black words"
  10. 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"- Martin Luther King Jr.
  11. extremely dark; "a black moonless night"; "through the pitch-black woods"; "it was pitch-dark in the celler"
  12. being of the achromatic color 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"
  13. (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood; "a face black with fury"
  14. soiled with dirt or soot; "with feet black from playing outdoors"; "his shirt was black within an hour"
  15. dressed in black; "a black knight"; "black friars"
  16. (of coffee) without cream or sugar
  17. (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin; "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 fata
  18. stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable; "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 sc
  19. (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"- Rachel Carson; "an ignominious retreat"; "inglorious defeat"; "an opprobrious monument to human
  20. offering little or no hope; "the future looked black"; "prospects were bleak"; "Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult"- J.M.Synge; "took a dim view of things"
  21. distributed or sold illicitly; "the black economy pays no taxes"
  22. (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading; "black propaganda"
  23. harshly ironic or sinister; "black humor"; "a grim joke"; "grim laughter"; "fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit"
Similar Words: blackness, Black, Black person, blackamoor, Negro, Negroid, Shirley Temple Black, Shirley Temple, Joseph Black, total darkness, lightlessness, pitch blackness, blacken, melanize, melanise, nigrify, pitch-black, pitch-dark, achromatic, blackened, calamitous, disastrous, fatal, fateful, dark, sinister, disgraceful, ignominious, inglorious, opprobrious, shameful, bleak, dim, bootleg, black-market, contraband, smuggled, grim, mordant


See Also: dark


Hyponyms: coal black, ebony, jet black, pitch black, sable, soot black, Negress, Black man, Black woman, colored person, colored, darky, darkie, darkey, Tom, Uncle Tom, pickaninny, piccaninny, picaninny


Attributes: value


Member Meronyms: Black race, Negroid race, Negro race


Derivational Morphology: blacken, melanize, melanise, nigrify, blackness, melanin


Language Translations:
Afrikaans: swart   Albanian: zezak and zi  
Arabic: أسود   Basque: beltz  
Bosnian: crna and crnac   Breton: du  
Bulgarian: черен   Catalan: negre  
Chinese: and 黑色   Croatian: crn and crna  
Danish: neger and sort   Dutch: zwart and zwarte  
Esperanto: nigra   Estonian: must  
Finnish: musta   French: noir  
Frisian: swart   German: schwarz and Schwarze  
Greek: μαύρο and μαύρος   Hebrew: שחור  
Hindi: काला   Hungarian: fekete and néger  
Indonesian: hitam and negro   Interlingua: nigre and nigro  
Irish: dubh   Italian: nero  
Japanese: and 黒い and 黒人   Kurdish: (re)  
Latin: niger   Latvian: melns  
Lithuanian: juodas and juoduma and negras   Malayalam: കറുപ്പ്  
Maltese: iswed   Norwegian: svart  
Novial: nigri   Persian: سياه  
Polish: czarny and czerń   Portuguese: negro and preto  
Romanian: negru   Russian: негр and чёрный  
Serbian: crna   Slovak: černoch and čierny  
Slovene: črn   Spanish: negro  
Swedish: svart   Tagalog: itim  
Telugu: నలుపు and నల్ల   Turkish: siyah  
Ukrainian: мурин and чорний   Vietnamese: (màu and người and đen  
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