[ US /ˈbɫæk/ ]
[ UK /blˈæk/ ]
  1. (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading
    black propaganda
  2. distributed or sold illicitly
    the black economy pays no taxes
  3. (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin
    a calamitous defeat
    a fateful error
    such doctrines, if true, would be absolutely fatal to my theory
    the battle was a disastrous end to a disastrous campaign
    the stock market crashed on Black Friday
    it is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it
  4. (of coffee) without cream or sugar
  5. extremely dark
    it was pitch-dark in the cellar
    a black moonless night
    through the pitch-black woods
  6. of or belonging to a racial group especially of sub-Saharan African origin
    a great people--a black people--...injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization
  7. stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable
    Darth Vader of the dark side
    his black heart has concocted yet another black deed
    a dark purpose
    dark undercurrents of ethnic hostility
    the scheme of some sinister intelligence bent on punishing him
    a black lie
    black deeds
  8. offering little or no hope
    the future looked black
    Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult
    prospects were bleak
    took a dim view of things
  9. soiled with dirt or soot
    his shirt was black within an hour
    with feet black from playing outdoors
  10. (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood
    a face black with fury
  11. harshly ironic or sinister
    fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit
    grim laughter
    a grim joke
    black humor
  12. (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame
    an ignominious retreat
    inglorious defeat
    an opprobrious monument to human greed
    Man...has written one of his blackest records as a destroyer on the oceanic islands
    a shameful display of cowardice
  13. being of the achromatic color of maximum darkness; having little or no hue owing to absorption of almost all incident light
    rich black soil
    black leather jackets
    as black as coal
  14. marked by anger or resentment or hostility
    black looks
    black words
  1. black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning)
    the widow wore black
  2. the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)
  3. total absence of light
    they fumbled around in total darkness
    in the black of night
  4. (board games) the darker pieces
  1. make or become black
    The ceiling blackened
    The smoke blackened the ceiling
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How To Use black In A Sentence

  • Blackpool Scorpions notched their first away win of the season against a good attacking Leigh team.
  • A boa made from black water mink is worth about 50 dollars, a collarette about $100,00 and a coat reaching down to the hips would cost about $250,00. Black Beaver The Trapper
  • The beak is smoth, black, convex and cultrated; one and 1/8 inches from the point to the opening of the chaps and 3/4 only uncovered with feathers; the upper chap exceeds the other a little in length. a few small black hairs garnish the sides of the base of the upper chap. the eye is of a uniform deep sea green or black, moderately large. it's legs feet and tallons are white; the legs are an inch and a 1/4 in length and smoth; four toes on each foot, of which that in front is the same length with the leg including the length of the tallon, which is 4 lines; the three remaining toes are The Journals of Lewis and Clark, 1804-1806
  • Some retailers, including Sears, have already held some "door-buster" early-morning sales, which makes Black Friday -- the day after Thanksgiving that's looked upon as a kick-off to the holiday shopping season -- a little "grayer," he said. Boulder Daily Camera Most Viewed
  • Clinton will fight for the American people, and Obama will sit in a racest church for another 20 years where The "rev" is preaching hate, racism, and black seperatism. Clinton: Put down the Blackberry at home
  • I picked a piece of fluff off my shiny black suit.
  • The overseer, a great strong man, cracking his "blacksnake" from time to time, to enforce authority, excited our strong indignation. 'Three Score Years and Ten' Life-Long Memories of Fort Snelling, Minnesota, and Other Parts of the West
  • Horatia was still in mourning for her mother, and wore a black skirt, but Lucilla's was of rich deep gentianella-coloured silk, and the buttons of her white vest were of beautiful coral. Hopes and Fears or, scenes from the life of a spinster
  • The building is dark brick topped by pinky-coloured concrete block walls, white plastic-looking fascia board, black plastic guttering and an artificial slate roof.
  • He presided over the job placement blackboard beside the trading floor.
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