1. Being of the achromatic color of maximum darkness;
    Having little or no hue owing to absorption of almost all incident light (synset 300393873)
    "black leather jackets"; "as black as coal"; "rich black soil"
  2. Of or belonging to a racial group especially of sub-Saharan African origin (synset 300243558)
    "a great people--a black people--...injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization"
  3. Marked by anger or resentment or hostility (synset 300115608)
    "black looks"; "black words"
  4. Offering little or no hope (synset 301232434)
    "the future looked black"; "prospects were bleak"; "Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult"; "took a dim view of things"
  5. Stemming from evil characteristics or forces;
    Wicked or dishonorable (synset 301135435)
    "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"
  6. (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences;
    Bringing ruin (synset 301053787)
    "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"
  7. (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood (synset 300397357)
    "a face black with fury"
  8. Extremely dark (synset 300274934)
    "a black moonless night"; "through the pitch-black woods"; "it was pitch-dark in the cellar"
  9. Harshly ironic or sinister (synset 302086637)
    "black humor"; "a grim joke"; "grim laughter"; "fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit"
  10. (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading (synset 301710794)
    "black propaganda"
  11. Distributed or sold illicitly (synset 301405584)
    "the black economy pays no taxes"
  12. (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame (synset 301230419)
    "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"
  13. (of coffee) without cream or sugar (synset 300760418)
  14. Soiled with dirt or soot (synset 300422521)
    "with feet black from playing outdoors"; "his shirt was black within an hour"
  1. The quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white) (synset 104967454)
  2. Total absence of light (synset 114007292)
    "they fumbled around in total darkness"; "in the black of night"
  3. British chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat (1728-1799) (synset 110871726)
  4. Popular child actress of the 1930's (born in 1928) (synset 110871583)
  5. A person with African ancestry, (synset 109659490)
    "Negro"; "Negroid"
  6. (board games) the darker pieces (synset 102849498)
  7. Black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning) (synset 102849379)
    "the widow wore black"
  1. Make or become black (synset 200281302)
    "The smoke blackened the ceiling"; "The ceiling blackened"

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