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'black' - used as an adjective
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
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
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
5. offering little or no hope
the future looked black
6. (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin
the stock market crashed on Black Friday
7. (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood
a face black with fury
8. extremely dark
a black moonless night
through the pitch-black woods
9. harshly ironic or sinister
black humor
10. (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading
black propaganda
11. distributed or sold illicitly
the black economy pays no taxes
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
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

'black' - used as a noun
16. popular child actress of the 1930's (born in 1928)
17. a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa)
18. British chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat (1728-1799)
19. the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)
20. total absence of light
in the black of night
21. (board games) the darker pieces
22. black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning)
the widow wore black

'black' - used as a verb
23. make or become black

derived forms
1. Black / Plural
blacks
2. Black / Past
blacked
3. Black / Third Person
blacks
4. Black / Present Participle
blacking
5. Black / Comparitive
blacker
6. Black / Superlative
blackest
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  • white
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