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  1. [noun] the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)
    Synonyms: ness

  2. [noun] total absence of light; "they fumbled around in total darkness"; "in the black of night"
    Synonyms: total darkness, lightlessness, ness, pitch ness

  3. [noun] British chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat (1728-1799)
    Synonyms: Black, Joseph Black

  4. [noun] popular child actress of the 1930's (born 1927)
    Synonyms: Black, Shirley Temple Black, Shirley Temple

  5. [noun] a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa)
    Synonyms: Black, Black person, amoor, Negro, Negroid

  6. [noun] (board games) the darker pieces

  7. [noun] black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning); "the widow wore black"

  8. [verb] make or become black; "The smoke blackened the ceiling"; "The ceiling blackened"
    Synonyms: en, melanize, melanise, nigrify

  9. [adjective] 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"
    Synonyms: achromatic

  10. [adjective] of or belonging to a racial group having dark skin especially of sub-Saharan African origin; "a great people

  11. [adjective] marked by anger or resentment or hostility; "black looks"; "black words"

  12. [adjective] 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 scheme of some sinister intelligence bent on punishing him"-Thomas Hardy
    Synonyms: dark, sinister

  13. [adjective] 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"
    Synonyms: bleak, dim

  14. [adjective] (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 fatal to my theory"- Charles Darwin; "it is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it"- Douglas MacArthur; "a fateful error"
    Synonyms: calamitous, disastrous, fatal, fateful

  15. [adjective] (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood; "a face black with fury"
    Synonyms: ened

  16. [adjective] extremely dark; "a black moonless night"; "through the pitch-black woods"; "it was pitch-dark in the celler"
    Synonyms: pitch-pitch-dark

  17. [adjective] harshly ironic or sinister; "black humor"; "a grim joke"; "grim laughter"; "fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit"
    Synonyms: grim, mordant

  18. [adjective] (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading; "black propaganda"

  19. [adjective] distributed or sold illicitly; "the black economy pays no taxes"
    Synonyms: bootleg, -market, contraband, smuggled

  20. [adjective] (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 greed"; "a shameful display of cowardice"
    Synonyms: disgraceful, ignominious, inglorious, opprobrious, shameful

  21. [adjective] (of coffee) without cream or sugar

  22. [adjective] dressed in black; "a black knight"; "black friars"

  23. [adjective] soiled with dirt or soot; "with feet black from playing outdoors"; "his shirt was black within an hour"


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