black

We all know what black looks like, but technically it's defined by the absence of light. Total darkness. It can also mean an angry feeling or something wicked or hopeless. For example, “The traffic put me in a black mood.”

Black is most commonly used as an adjective, but you can also use it as a noun, like when you say, "The actors wore black." Synonyms when used to describe color include inky, raven, and sable. Synonyms when it means "hopeless" include dispiriting, lugubrious, and threatening.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: black

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adjnv
being of the achromatic color of maximum darkness; having little or no hue owing to absorption of almost all incident light
the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)
make or become black
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adj
marked by anger or resentment or hostility
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adj
offering little or no hope
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adj
stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable
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adj
distributed or sold illicitly
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: black
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adj 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
dark
(used of color) having a dark hue
Antonyms:
white
being of the achromatic color of maximum lightness; having little or no hue owing to reflection of almost all incident light
albescent
becoming or shading into white
light, light-colored
(used of color) having a relatively small amount of coloring agent
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adj extremely dark

“a black moonless night”
“through the pitch- black woods”
Synonyms:
pitch-black, pitch-dark
dark
devoid of or deficient in light or brightness; shadowed or black

adj 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.”
Synonyms
African-American, Afro-American
pertaining to or characteristic of Americans of African ancestry
colored, coloured, dark, dark-skinned, non-white
having skin rich in melanin pigments
negro
relating to or characteristic of or being a member of the traditional racial division of mankind having brown to black pigmentation and tightly curled hair
negroid
characteristic of people traditionally classified as the Negro race
Antonyms:
white
of or belonging to a racial group having light skin coloration
Caucasian, Caucasoid
of or relating to Caucasian people
light-skinned
having little skin pigmentation
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adj (of coffee) without cream or sugar

Synonyms
undiluted
not diluted

adj soiled with dirt or soot

“with feet black from playing outdoors”
“his shirt was black within an hour”
Synonyms:
smutty
dirty, soiled, unclean
soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime

n the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)

Synonyms:
blackness, inkiness
Antonyms:
white, whiteness
the quality or state of the achromatic color of greatest lightness (bearing the least resemblance to black)
Types:
coal black, ebony, jet black, pitch black, sable, soot black
a very dark black
Type of:
achromatic color, achromatic colour
a color lacking hue; white or grey or black

n total absence of light

“in the black of night”
Synonyms:
blackness, lightlessness, pitch blackness, total darkness
Type of:
dark, darkness
absence of light or illumination

n (board games) the darker pieces

Antonyms:
white
(board games) the lighter pieces
Type of:
man, piece
game equipment consisting of an object used in playing certain board games

n black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning)

“the widow wore black
Type of:
article of clothing, clothing, habiliment, vesture, wear, wearable
a covering designed to be worn on a person's body

v make or become black

Synonyms:
blacken, melanise, melanize, nigrify
Antonyms:
white, whiten
turn white
Type of:
color, colour, discolor, discolour
change color, often in an undesired manner
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adj marked by anger or resentment or hostility

black looks”
black words”
Synonyms
angry
feeling or showing anger

adj (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood

“a face black with fury”
Synonyms:
blackened
colored, colorful, coloured
having color or a certain color; sometimes used in combination
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adj offering little or no hope

“the future looked black
Synonyms:
bleak, dim
hopeless
without hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success

adj (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin

Synonyms:
calamitous, disastrous, fatal, fateful
unfortunate
not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune
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adj stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable

black deeds”
“a black lie”
“his black heart has concocted yet another black deed”
Synonyms:
dark, sinister
evil
morally bad or wrong

adj (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”
Synonyms:
disgraceful, ignominious, inglorious, opprobrious, shameful
dishonorable, dishonourable
lacking honor or integrity; deserving dishonor

adj harshly ironic or sinister

black humor”
Synonyms:
grim, mordant
sarcastic
expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds
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adj distributed or sold illicitly

“the black economy pays no taxes”
Synonyms:
black-market, bootleg, contraband, smuggled
illegal
prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules

adj (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading

black propaganda”
Synonyms
covert
secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed
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