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black (>Vietnamese)


1: 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" [syn: achromatic] [ant: white]

2: 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. [ant: white]

3: marked by anger or resentment or hostility; "black looks"; "black words"

4: 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 [syn: dark, sinister]

5: 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" [syn: bleak, dim]

6: (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" [syn: calamitous, disastrous, fatal, fateful]

7: (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood; "a face black with fury" [syn: blackened]

8: extremely dark; "a black moonless night"; "through the pitch-black woods"; "it was pitch-dark in the celler" [syn: pitch-black, pitch-dark]

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

10: (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading; "black propaganda"

11: distributed or sold illicitly; "the black economy pays no taxes" [syn: bootleg, black-market, contraband, smuggled]

12: (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" [syn: disgraceful, ignominious, inglorious, opprobrious, shameful]

13: (of coffee) without cream or sugar

14: dressed in black; "a black knight"; "black friars"

15: soiled with dirt or soot; "with feet black from playing outdoors"; "his shirt was black within an hour"


1: the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white) [syn: blackness] [ant: white]

2: total absence of light; "they fumbled around in total darkness"; "in the black of night" [syn: total darkness, lightlessness, blackness, pitch blackness]

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

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

5: a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa) [syn: Black person, blackamoor, Negro, Negroid]

6: (board games) the darker pieces [ant: white]

7: black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning); "the widow wore black"

v : make or become black; "The smoke blackened the ceiling"; "The ceiling blackened" [syn: blacken, melanize, melanise, nigrify] [ant: whiten]

Adjacent words: blabber | blabbermouth | blabbermouthed | blabbing | blabbing | blabby | Blaberus | black | Black Africa | Black African | Black American | black and gold garden spider | Black and Tan | black and white | black Angus | black apricot

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