1. [ adjective ] (color) being of the achromatic color of maximum darkness; having little or no hue owing to absorption of almost all incident light
Synonyms: achromatic

"black leather jackets" "as black as coal" "rich black soil"

Related terms: white dark value
2. [ adjective ] marked by anger or resentment or hostility

"black looks" "black words"

Related terms: angry
3. [ adjective ] 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.

Related terms: white colored negro negroid African-American
4. [ noun ] (color) the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)
Synonyms: blackness
Related terms: white achromatic_color coal_black blacken
5. [ adjective ] (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin
Synonyms: disastrous fateful fatal calamitous

"the stock market crashed on Black Friday" "a calamitous defeat" "a disastrous end to a disastrous campaign" "this would be absolutely fatal to my theory"

Related terms: unfortunate
6. [ adjective ] stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable
Synonyms: dark sinister

"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"

Related terms: evil
7. [ adjective ] offering little or no hope
Synonyms: bleak dim

"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"

Related terms: hopeless
8. [ adjective ] (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood
Synonyms: blackened

"a face black with fury"

Related terms: colored
9. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 149
10. [ adjective ] extremely dark
Synonyms: pitch-dark pitch-black

"a black moonless night" "through the pitch-black woods" "it was pitch-dark in the celler"

Related terms: dark
11. [ adjective ] (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame
Synonyms: shameful inglorious opprobrious ignominious disgraceful

"an ignominious retreat" "inglorious defeat" "an opprobrious monument to human greed" "a shameful display of cowardice"

Related terms: dishonorable
12. [ adjective ] (law) distributed or sold illicitly
Synonyms: black-market contraband smuggled bootleg

"the black economy pays no taxes

Related terms: illegal
13. [ noun ] a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa)
Synonyms: Negro blackamoor Negroid black_person
Related terms: person person_of_color nigger black_man colored_person Tom Negress darky pickaninny black_woman Black_race Africa
14. [ adjective ] (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading

"black propaganda"

Related terms: covert
15. [ noun ] (film,performing arts) popular child actress of the 1930's (born 1927)
Synonyms: shirley_temple_black shirley_temple
Related terms: actress
16. [ noun ] total absence of light
Synonyms: blackness total_darkness pitch_blackness lightlessness

"they fumbled around in total darkness" "in the black of night"

Related terms: dark
17. [ noun ] (chess or checkers) the darker pieces
Related terms: man chess checkers
18. [ adjective ] distributed or sold illicitly
Synonyms: black-market contraband smuggled bootleg

"the black economy pays no taxes"

Related terms: illegal
19. [ adjective ] dressed in black

"a black knight" "black friars"

Related terms: clothed
20. [ adjective ] harshly ironic or sinister
Synonyms: grim mordant

"black humor" "a grim joke" "grim laughter" "fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit"

Related terms: sarcastic
21. [ adjective ] soiled with dirt or soot

"with feet black from playing outdoors" "his shirt was black within an hour"

Related terms: dirty
22. [ noun ] (chemistry) British chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat (1728-1799)
Synonyms: joseph_black
Related terms: chemist
23. [ adjective ] (of coffee) without cream or sugar
Related terms: undiluted
24. [ verb ] (color) make or become black
Synonyms: blacken melanise nigrify melanize

"The smoke blackened the ceiling" "The ceiling blackened"

Related terms: whiten discolor
25. [ noun ] (clothing) black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning)

"the widow wore black"

Related terms: clothing
Similar spelling:   block