Synonyms of black in English:




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  • 1 the steps of the houses were neatly blacked See blacken
  • 2 he broke his nose and blacked his eye
    bruise, contuse; hit, punch, injure; make black, discolour
  • 3British dated trade union members blacked the work
    boycott, embargo, put/place an embargo on, blacklist, ban, bar, proscribe


in the black

the company's in the black again
[Antonyms] in debt
in creditin fundsdebt-freeout of debtsolventfinancially soundable to pay one's debtscreditworthyof good financial standingsolidsecureprofit-makingprofitable rareunindebted

black and white


black out

the pain hit him and he blacked out faintlose consciousnesspass outcollapsekeel over informalflake outconk outgo out literaryswoon

black something out

  • 1 the city was blacked out as an air-raid precaution
    darken, make dark/darker, shade, turn off the lights in; keep the light out of

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Black has been used to refer to African peoples and their descendants since the 14th century, and has been in continuous use ever since. Other terms have enjoyed prominence too: in the US coloured was the term adopted in preference by emancipated slaves following the American Civil War, and coloured was itself superseded in the US in the early 20th century by Negro as the term preferred by black American campaigners. In Britain, on the other hand, coloured was the most widely used and accepted term in the 1950s and early 1960s. With the civil rights and Black Power movements of the 1960s, black was adopted in the US to signify a sense of racial pride, and it is the usual word in Britain today. In the US African American is the currently accepted term, which first became prominent in the late 1980s

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melan- related prefix, as in melanin , Melanesia

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