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    black - Dictionary definition and meaning for word black

    Definition
    (noun) the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)
    Synonyms : blackness , inkiness
    Definition
    (noun) total absence of light
    Example Sentence
    • they fumbled around in total darkness
    • in the black of night
    Definition
    (noun) British chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat (1728-1799)
    Synonyms : joseph black
    Definition
    (noun) popular child actress of the 1930's (born in 1928) Definition
    (noun) a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa) Definition
    (noun) (board games) the darker pieces Definition
    (noun) black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning)
    Example Sentence
    • the widow wore black
    Definition
    (verb) make or become black
    Synonyms : blacken , melanise , melanize , nigrify
    Example Sentence
    • The smoke blackened the ceiling
    • The ceiling blackened
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (adj) marked by anger or resentment or hostility
    Example Sentence
    • black looks
    • black words
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (adj) (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood
    Synonyms : blackened
    Example Sentence
    • a face black with fury
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (adj) (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading
    Example Sentence
    • black propaganda
    Definition
    (adj) distributed or sold illicitly
    Example Sentence
    • the black economy pays no taxes
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (adj) (of coffee) without cream or sugar Definition
    (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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