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Synonyms of black in English:


  • 1 a black horse
    [Antonyms] white
  • 2 a black night
    unlit, dark, starless, moonless, wan
    literarytenebrous, Stygian
    [Antonyms] clear, bright
  • 3 thirty-seven percent of the school's students are black
  • 4 the blackest day of the war
    tragic, disastrous, calamitous, catastrophic, cataclysmic, fateful, wretched, woeful, awful, terrible
    [Antonyms] joyful
  • 5 Mary was in a black mood
    [Antonyms] cheerful
  • 6 black humor
    cynical, macabre, weird, unhealthy, ghoulish, morbid, perverted, gruesome
  • 7 a black look
    angry, vexed, cross, irritated, incensed
    See also angry (sense 1)
    [Antonyms] pleased
  • 8 archaic a black deed
    wicked, evil, heinous, villainous, bad
    See also wicked (sense 1)
    [Antonyms] virtuous
  • Usage


    Black, designating Americans of African heritage, became the most widely used and accepted term in the 1960s and 1970s, replacing Negro. It is not usually capitalized: black Americans, or blacks in Congress, for example. Through the 1980s, the more formal African American replaced black in much usage, but both are now generally acceptable. Afro-American, first recorded in the 19th century and popular in the 1960s and 1970s, is now heard mostly in anthropological and cultural contexts. Colored people, common in the early part of the 20th century, is now usually regarded as offensive, although the phrase survives in the full name of the NAACP, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. An inversion, people of color, has gained some favor, but is also used in reference to other nonwhite ethnic groups: a gathering spot for African Americans and other people of color interested in reading about their cultures


    black out

    he blacked out from the pain
    faint, lose consciousness, pass out, swoon
    informalgo out

    black something out

    we blacked out our homes during the war
    darken, shade, turn off the lights in;
    keep the light out of

    in the black

    our business is finally in the black
    solvent, debt-free, out of debt, in credit, financially sound, able to pay one's debts, creditworthy

    black and white

  • 1.1 a black-and-white picture
    monochrome, gray-scale
  • 2.1 I wish to see the proposals in black and white
    in print, printed, written down, set down, on paper, recorded, on record, documented
  • 3.1 in black-and-white terms
    categorical, unequivocal, absolute, uncompromising, unconditional, unqualified, unambiguous, clear, clear-cut
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