HyperDic: black

English > 22 senses of the word black / Black:
ADJECTIVEallblackbeing of the achromatic color of maximum darkness
allblackof or belonging to a racial group having dark skin especially of sub-Saharan African origin
allblackmarked by anger or resentment or hostility / hostility
allblack, bleak, dimoffering little or no hope
allblack, dark, sinisterstemming from evil characteristics / characteristics or forces
allblack, calamitous, disastrous, fatal, fateful(of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences
allblack, blackened(of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood
allblack, pitch-black, pitch-darkextremely dark
allblack, grim, mordantharshly ironic or sinister
allblack(of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading
allblack, bootleg, black-market, contraband, smuggleddistributed or sold illicitly
allblack, disgraceful, ignominious, inglorious, opprobrious, shameful(used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame
allblack(of coffee) without cream or sugar
allblack, smuttysoiled with dirt or soot
NOUNattributeblack, blackness, inkinessthe quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)
stateblack, total darkness, lightlessness, blackness, pitch blacknesstotal absence of light
person Black, Joseph BlackBritish chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat (1728-1799)
person Black, Shirley Temple Black, Shirley Templepopular child actress of the 1930's (born in 1928)
person Black, African-American, Negro, Negroida person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa)
artifactblack(board games) the darker pieces
artifactblackblack clothing (worn as a sign of mourning)
VERBchangeblack, blacken, melanize, melanisemake or become black
black / Black > pronunciation
Soundsblae'k
Rhymesaback ... zodiac: 126 rhymes with aek...
English > black: 22 senses > adjective 1
MeaningOf the achromatic color of maximum darkness; having little or no hue owing to absorption of almost all incident light.
Examples
  • "black leather jackets"
  • "as black as coal"
  • "rich black soil"
Attribute ofvaluerelative darkness or lightness of a color
See alsodark(used of color) having a dark hue
OppositewhiteOf the achromatic color of maximum lightness
Spanishnegro
Catalannegre
Nounsblacknessthe quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)
English > black: 22 senses > adjective 2
MeaningOf or belonging to a racial group having dark skin especially of sub-Saharan African origin.
Example"a great people--a black people--...injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization"- Martin Luther King Jr.
NarrowerAfrican-American, Afro-Americanpertaining to or characteristic of Americans of African ancestry
colored, coloured, negrorelating to or characteristic of or being a member of the traditional racial division of mankind having brown to black pigmentation and tightly curled hair
OppositewhiteOf or belonging to a racial group having light skin coloration
Spanishnegro
Catalannegre
English > black: 22 senses > adjective 3
Meaningmarked by anger or resentment or hostility / hostility.
Examples
  • "black looks"
  • "black words"
BroaderangryFeeling or showing anger
English > black: 22 senses > adjective 4
Meaningoffering little or no hope.
Example"the future looked black"
Synonymsbleak, dim
BroaderhopelessWithout hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success
Spanishdesolador, negro, sombrío
Catalandesolador, negre, ombrívol
English > black: 22 senses > adjective 5
Meaningstemming from evil characteristics / characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable.
Examples
  • "black deeds"
  • "a black lie"
  • "his black heart has concocted yet another black deed"
Synonymsdark, sinister
Broaderevilmorally bad or wrong
Spanishcorrupto, negro, obscuro, oscuro, perverso, siniestro
Catalannegre, obscur
English > black: 22 senses > adjective 6
Meaning(of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin.
Example"the stock market crashed on Black Friday"
Synonymscalamitous, disastrous, fatal, fateful
Broaderunfortunatenot favored by fortune
Spanishcalamitoso, catastrófico, desastrosa, desastroso, desgraciada, funesto, lastimoso, negro, ruinoso
Catalancalamitós, catastròfic, desastrós, funest, llastimós, negre, ruinós
English > black: 22 senses > adjective 7
Meaning(of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood.
Example"a face black with fury"
Synonymblackened
Broadercolored, coloured, colorfulHaving color or a certain color
English > black: 22 senses > adjective 8
MeaningExtremely dark.
Examples
  • "a black moonless night"
  • "through the pitch-black woods"
Synonymspitch-black, pitch-dark
BroaderdarkDevoid of or deficient in light or brightness
Spanishnegro
Catalannegre
Nounsblacknesstotal absence of light
English > black: 22 senses > adjective 9
Meaningharshly ironic or sinister.
Example"black humor"
Synonymsgrim, mordant
BroadersarcasticExpressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds
Spanishmordaz, sardónico
English > black: 22 senses > adjective 10
Meaning(of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading.
Example"black propaganda"
BroadercovertSecret or hidden / hidden
English > black: 22 senses > adjective 11
MeaningDistributed or sold illicitly.
Example"the black economy pays no taxes"
Synonymsbootleg, black-market, contraband, smuggled
Broaderillegalprohibited by law or by official or accepted rules
Spanishpirata
Catalande contraban, pirata
English > black: 22 senses > adjective 12
Meaning(used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame.
Example"Man...has written one of his blackest records as a destroyer on the oceanic islands"- Rachel Carson
Synonymsdisgraceful, ignominious, inglorious, opprobrious, shameful
Broaderdishonorable, dishonourablelacking honor or integrity
Spanishbochornoso, ignominioso, oprobioso, vergonzoso
Catalandeshonorant, ignominiós, oprobiós, vergonyós
English > black: 22 senses > adjective 13
Meaning(of coffee) without cream or sugar.
Broaderundilutednot diluted
Nounsblacknessthe quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)
English > black: 22 senses > adjective 14
MeaningSoiled with dirt or soot.
Examples
  • "with feet black from playing outdoors"
  • "his shirt was black within an hour"
Synonymsmutty
Broaderdirty, soiled, uncleanSoiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime
Spanishtiznado
Nounsblacknessthe quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)
English > black: 22 senses > noun 1, attribute
MeaningThe quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white).
Synonymsblackness, inkiness
Narrowercoal black, ebony, jet black, pitch black, sable, soot blackA very dark black / black
Broaderachromatic color, achromatic colourA color lacking hue
Oppositewhite, whitenessThe quality or state of the achromatic color of greatest lightness (bearing the least resemblance to black)
Spanishnegro, negror, negrura
Catalannegre, negror
Verbsblackmake or become black
English > black: 22 senses > noun 2, state
MeaningTotal absence of light.
Example "in the black of night"
Synonymstotal darkness, lightlessness, blackness, pitch blackness
Broaderdark, darknessabsence of light or illumination
Spanishnegrura, oscuridad
Catalannegror
English > Black: 22 senses > noun 3, person
MeaningBritish chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat (1728-1799).
SynonymJoseph Black
Instance ofchemistA scientist who specializes in chemistry
SpanishBlack, Joseph Black
CatalanBlack, Joseph Black
English > Black: 22 senses > noun 4, person
MeaningPopular child actress of the 1930's (born in 1928).
SynonymsShirley Temple Black, Shirley Temple
Instance ofactressA female actor
SpanishShirley Temple Black, Shirley Temple
CatalanShirley Temple
English > Black: 22 senses > noun 5, person
MeaningA person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa).
SynonymsAfrican-American, Negro, Negroid
Narrowerpickaninny, piccaninny, picaninny(ethnic slur) offensive term for a Black child
soul brotherA fellow Black man
Broaderperson, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, soulA human being
Spanishafroamericano, negra, negro
Catalanafroamericà, negre, raça negra
English > black: 22 senses > noun 6, artifact
Meaning(board games) the darker pieces.
Categorycheckers, draughtsA checkerboard game / game for two players who each have 12 pieces
chess, chess gameA board game for two players who move their 16 pieces according to specific rules
Broaderman, piecegame equipment consisting of an object used in playing certain board games
Oppositewhite(board games) the lighter pieces
English > black: 22 senses > noun 7, artifact
Meaningblack clothing (worn as a sign of mourning).
Example"the widow wore black"
Broaderclothing, article of clothing, vesture, wear, wearable, habilimentA covering designed to be worn on a person's body
English > black: 22 senses > verb 1, change
Meaningmake or become black.
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Examples
  • "The smoke blackened the ceiling"
  • "The ceiling blackened"
Synonymsblacken, melanize, melanise
Broaderdiscolor, discolour, colour, colorchange color, often in an undesired manner
Oppositewhiten, whiteTurn white
Spanishennegrecerse, ennegrecer, entiznarse, tiznarse, tiznar
Catalanencarbonar-se, encarbonar, ennegrir-se, ennegrir, ensutjar
Nounsblackthe quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)

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