Synonyms for black


1. black, blackness, inkiness, achromatic color, achromatic colour
usage: the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)
2. total darkness, lightlessness, blackness, pitch blackness, black, dark, darkness
usage: total absence of light; "they fumbled around in total darkness"; "in the black of night"
3. Black, Joseph Black
usage: British chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat (1728-1799)
4. Black, Shirley Temple Black, Shirley Temple
usage: popular child actress of the 1930's (born in 1928)
5. Black, Black person, blackamoor, Negro, Negroid, person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, soul, person of color, person of colour
usage: a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa)
6. black, man, piece
usage: (board games) the darker pieces
7. black, clothing, article of clothing, vesture, wear, wearable, habiliment
usage: black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning); "the widow wore black"


1. blacken, melanize, melanise, nigrify, black, discolor, discolour, colour, color
usage: make or become black; "The smoke blackened the ceiling"; "The ceiling blackened"


1. black (vs. white), dark
usage: 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. black (vs. white), African-American, Afro-American, colored, coloured, dark, dark-skinned, non-white, negro, negroid
usage: 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.
3. black, angry (vs. unangry)
usage: marked by anger or resentment or hostility; "black looks"; "black words"
4. black, bleak, dim, hopeless (vs. hopeful)
usage: 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"
5. black, dark, sinister, evil (vs. good)
usage: 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
6. black, calamitous, disastrous, fatal, fateful, unfortunate (vs. fortunate)
usage: (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"
7. black, blackened, colored (vs. uncolored), coloured, colorful
usage: (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood; "a face black with fury"
8. black, pitch-black, pitch-dark, dark (vs. light)
usage: extremely dark; "a black moonless night"; "through the pitch-black woods"; "it was pitch-dark in the cellar"
9. black, grim, mordant, sarcastic (vs. unsarcastic)
usage: harshly ironic or sinister; "black humor"; "a grim joke"; "grim laughter"; "fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit"
10. black, covert (vs. overt)
usage: (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading; "black propaganda"
11. bootleg, black, black-market, contraband, smuggled, illegal (vs. legal)
usage: distributed or sold illicitly; "the black economy pays no taxes"
12. black, disgraceful, ignominious, inglorious, opprobrious, shameful, dishonorable (vs. honorable), dishonourable
usage: (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"
13. black, undiluted (vs. diluted)
usage: (of coffee) without cream or sugar
14. black, smutty, dirty (vs. clean), soiled, unclean
usage: soiled with dirt or soot; "with feet black from playing outdoors"; "his shirt was black within an hour"
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