black (

     adj 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" [syn: achromatic] [ant: white]
     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"- Martin Luther
        King Jr. [ant: white]
     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"; "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 [syn: dark,
     5: 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" [syn: bleak, dim]
     6: (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" [syn: calamitous,
         disastrous, fatal, fateful]
     7: (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood;
        "a face black with fury" [syn: blackened]
     8: extremely dark; "a black moonless night"; "through the
        pitch-black woods"; "it was pitch-dark in the celler"
        [syn: pitch-black, pitch-dark]
     9: harshly ironic or sinister; "black humor"; "a grim joke";
        "grim laughter"; "fun ranging from slapstick clowning ...
        to savage mordant wit" [syn: grim, mordant]
     10: (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading; "black
     11: distributed or sold illicitly; "the black economy pays no
         taxes [syn: bootleg, black-market, contraband, smuggled]
     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"- Rachel
         Carson; "an ignominious retreat"; "inglorious defeat";
         "an opprobrious monument to human greed"; "a shameful
         display of cowardice" [syn: disgraceful, ignominious,
          inglorious, opprobrious, shameful]
     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"
     n 1: the quality or state of the achromatic color of least
          lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white) [syn:
           blackness] [ant: white]
     2: total absence of light; "they fumbled around in total
        darkness"; "in the black of night" [syn: total darkness,
         lightlessness, blackness, pitch blackness]
     3: British chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who
        formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat
        (1728-1799) [syn: Black, Joseph Black]
     4: popular child actress of the 1930's (born 1927) [syn: Black,
         Shirley Temple Black, Shirley Temple]
     5: a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose
        ancestors came from Africa) [syn: Black, black person,
         blackamoor, Negro, Negroid]
     6: (chess or checkers) the darker pieces
     7: black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning); "the widow wore
     v : make or become black; "The smoke blackened the ceiling";
         "The ceiling blackened" [syn: blacken, melanize, melanise,
          nigrify] [ant: whiten]