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  • soiled with dirt or soot
    • with feet black from playing outdoors
    • his shirt was black within an hour
  • (of coffee) without cream or sugar
  • (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
  • distributed or sold illicitly
    • the black economy pays no taxes
  • (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading
    • black propaganda
  • harshly ironic or sinister
    • black humor
    • a grim joke
    • grim laughter
    • fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit
  • extremely dark
    • a black moonless night
    • through the pitch-black woods
    • it was pitch-dark in the cellar
  • (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood
    • a face black with fury
  • (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
  • 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
  • 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
  • marked by anger or resentment or hostility
    • black looks
    • black words
  • 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.
  • 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
  • make or become black
    • The smoke blackened the ceiling
    • The ceiling blackened
  • black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning)
    • the widow wore black
  • (board games) the darker pieces
  • a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa)
  • popular child actress of the 1930's (born in 1928)
  • British chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat (1728-1799)
  • total absence of light
    • they fumbled around in total darkness
    • in the black of night
  • the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)
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