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Synonyms for black
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. black, blackness, inkiness(noun)

    the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)

    Synonyms:
    inkiness, pitch blackness, blackness, blackamoor, lightlessness, total darkness

    Antonyms:
    whiteness, white, diluted, good, uncoloured, clean, Caucasian, dilute, overt, hopeful, honorable, Caucasoid, albescent, open, fortunate, light, legal, honourable, unangry(p), uncolored, unsarcastic, light-skinned

  2. total darkness, lightlessness, blackness, pitch blackness, black(noun)

    total absence of light

    "they fumbled around in total darkness"; "in the black of night"

    Synonyms:
    inkiness, pitch blackness, lightlessness, blackness, blackamoor, total darkness

    Antonyms:
    white, whiteness, uncoloured, honorable, unangry(p), Caucasoid, hopeful, uncolored, overt, diluted, clean, legal, good, Caucasian, albescent, unsarcastic, dilute, honourable, open, light, light-skinned, fortunate

  3. Black, Joseph Black(noun)

    British chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat (1728-1799)

    Synonyms:
    inkiness, pitch blackness, blackness, blackamoor, lightlessness, total darkness

    Antonyms:
    whiteness, white, hopeful, dilute, albescent, Caucasoid, honourable, fortunate, overt, good, clean, diluted, legal, Caucasian, uncolored, unangry(p), open, honorable, light, uncoloured, light-skinned, unsarcastic

  4. Black, Shirley Temple Black, Shirley Temple(noun)

    popular child actress of the 1930's (born in 1928)

    Synonyms:
    inkiness, pitch blackness, blackness, blackamoor, lightlessness, total darkness

    Antonyms:
    white, whiteness, unsarcastic, diluted, light-skinned, uncolored, legal, fortunate, unangry(p), dilute, overt, good, light, honourable, open, honorable, albescent, Caucasian, uncoloured, clean, Caucasoid, hopeful

  5. Black, Black person, blackamoor, Negro, Negroid(noun)

    a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa)

    Synonyms:
    inkiness, pitch blackness, blackness, blackamoor, lightlessness, total darkness

    Antonyms:
    whiteness, white, light, Caucasian, overt, uncolored, honorable, open, good, light-skinned, albescent, fortunate, honourable, diluted, unangry(p), unsarcastic, dilute, uncoloured, Caucasoid, clean, hopeful, legal

  6. black(noun)

    (board games) the darker pieces

    Synonyms:
    inkiness, pitch blackness, blackness, blackamoor, lightlessness, total darkness

    Antonyms:
    whiteness, white, light, honourable, Caucasian, overt, dilute, open, unangry(p), honorable, diluted, unsarcastic, hopeful, Caucasoid, clean, uncolored, uncoloured, albescent, good, light-skinned, fortunate, legal

  7. black(adj)

    black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning)

    "the widow wore black"

    Synonyms:
    inkiness, pitch blackness, blackness, blackamoor, lightlessness, total darkness

    Antonyms:
    white, whiteness, hopeful, light-skinned, honorable, legal, Caucasian, honourable, dilute, overt, fortunate, albescent, good, light, Caucasoid, clean, diluted, uncolored, unangry(p), open, unsarcastic, uncoloured

  8. black(adj)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    pitch-dark, black-market, shameful, dim, fatal, inglorious, grim, calamitous, blackened, fateful, dark, sinister, opprobrious, bootleg, disgraceful, smutty, contraband, pitch-black, smuggled, ignominious, disastrous, bleak, mordant

    Antonyms:
    whiteness, white, light-skinned, clean, honourable, hopeful, light, dilute, Caucasoid, unsarcastic, good, legal, overt, unangry(p), uncoloured, open, Caucasian, uncolored, honorable, fortunate, albescent, diluted

  9. black(adj)

    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.

    Synonyms:
    pitch-dark, black-market, shameful, dim, fatal, inglorious, grim, calamitous, blackened, fateful, dark, sinister, opprobrious, bootleg, disgraceful, smutty, contraband, pitch-black, smuggled, ignominious, disastrous, bleak, mordant

    Antonyms:
    whiteness, white, honorable, legal, honourable, uncoloured, albescent, fortunate, light-skinned, dilute, uncolored, clean, unsarcastic, good, unangry(p), light, diluted, Caucasian, Caucasoid, hopeful, open, overt

  10. black(adj)

    marked by anger or resentment or hostility

    "black looks"; "black words"

    Synonyms:
    pitch-dark, black-market, shameful, dim, fatal, inglorious, grim, calamitous, blackened, fateful, dark, sinister, opprobrious, bootleg, disgraceful, smutty, contraband, pitch-black, smuggled, ignominious, disastrous, bleak, mordant

    Antonyms:
    white, whiteness, unangry(p), dilute, honorable, uncolored, legal, albescent, honourable, light-skinned, uncoloured, hopeful, good, Caucasian, unsarcastic, fortunate, diluted, clean, overt, Caucasoid, open, light

  11. black, bleak, dim(adj)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    blackened, cutting, fatal, subdued, bootleg, faint, disgraceful, slow, calamitous, dumb, dark, dense, bare, raw, fateful, wispy, smuggled, inglorious, desolate, dim, pitch-dark, pitch-black, grim, mordant, stark, dull, contraband, dimmed, shameful, disastrous, smutty, shadowy, barren, ignominious, vague, bleak, black-market, opprobrious, obtuse, sinister

    Antonyms:
    whiteness, white, albescent, honourable, Caucasian, light-skinned, clean, diluted, dilute, hopeful, overt, honorable, legal, fortunate, open, uncoloured, good, unsarcastic, light, unangry(p), Caucasoid, uncolored

  12. black, dark, sinister(adj)

    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

    Synonyms:
    blackened, ominous, sullen, bootleg, black-market, disgraceful, calamitous, forbidding, dismal, dark, moody, non-white, disconsolate, threatening, coloured, glum, fatal, dark-skinned, fateful, baleful, smuggled, inglorious, menacing, dim, pitch-dark, glowering, minatory, obscure, sour, pitch-black, grim, mordant, drab, benighted, contraband, shameful, saturnine, disastrous, smutty, ignominious, sorry, gloomy, morose, bleak, dingy, dreary, dour, drear, opprobrious, minacious, blue, sinister

    Antonyms:
    white, whiteness, legal, open, albescent, Caucasoid, diluted, hopeful, light-skinned, honourable, clean, Caucasian, overt, unsarcastic, light, unangry(p), honorable, good, uncoloured, uncolored, fortunate, dilute

  13. black, calamitous, disastrous, fatal, fateful(adj)

    (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"

    Synonyms:
    pitch-dark, black-market, shameful, dim, fatal, inglorious, portentous, grim, calamitous, blackened, fateful, dark, sinister, opprobrious, bootleg, disgraceful, smutty, contraband, pitch-black, foreboding(a), smuggled, ignominious, disastrous, bleak, mordant

    Antonyms:
    white, whiteness, light, honourable, unsarcastic, albescent, Caucasian, open, diluted, honorable, clean, light-skinned, uncoloured, dilute, fortunate, Caucasoid, hopeful, unangry(p), legal, uncolored, good, overt

  14. black, blackened(adj)

    (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood

    "a face black with fury"

    Synonyms:
    pitch-dark, black-market, shameful, dim, fatal, inglorious, grim, calamitous, blackened, fateful, dark, sinister, opprobrious, bootleg, disgraceful, smutty, contraband, pitch-black, smuggled, ignominious, disastrous, bleak, mordant

    Antonyms:
    whiteness, white, honorable, good, diluted, unsarcastic, clean, hopeful, unangry(p), fortunate, legal, uncoloured, Caucasian, honourable, overt, Caucasoid, light, albescent, light-skinned, dilute, uncolored, open

  15. black, pitch-black, pitch-dark(adj)

    extremely dark

    "a black moonless night"; "through the pitch-black woods"; "it was pitch-dark in the cellar"

    Synonyms:
    pitch-dark, black-market, shameful, dim, fatal, inglorious, grim, calamitous, blackened, fateful, dark, sinister, opprobrious, bootleg, disgraceful, smutty, contraband, pitch-black, smuggled, ignominious, disastrous, bleak, mordant

    Antonyms:
    white, whiteness, light, Caucasian, uncoloured, fortunate, overt, light-skinned, hopeful, honourable, uncolored, albescent, good, honorable, diluted, dilute, unsarcastic, open, unangry(p), legal, Caucasoid, clean

  16. black, grim, mordant(adj)

    harshly ironic or sinister

    "black humor"; "a grim joke"; "grim laughter"; "fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit"

    Synonyms:
    blackened, dispirited, opprobrious, bootleg, black-market, disgraceful, calamitous, macabre, dismal, dark, sick, disconsolate, fateful, down in the mouth, unforgiving, low, smuggled, unrelenting, inglorious, stern, dim, pitch-dark, fatal, unappeasable, gruesome, ghastly, pitch-black, downhearted, grim, low-spirited, mordant, down(p), dour, downcast, contraband, erosive, shameful, disastrous, smutty, relentless, corrosive, forbidding, ignominious, sorry, vitriolic, gloomy, drab, bleak, depressed, dingy, inexorable, dreary, drear, grisly, caustic, blue, sinister

    Antonyms:
    white, whiteness, light, uncolored, overt, legal, hopeful, unangry(p), honourable, good, dilute, diluted, albescent, fortunate, open, Caucasoid, Caucasian, honorable, clean, unsarcastic, uncoloured, light-skinned

  17. black(adj)

    (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading

    "black propaganda"

    Synonyms:
    pitch-dark, black-market, shameful, dim, fatal, inglorious, grim, calamitous, blackened, fateful, dark, sinister, opprobrious, bootleg, disgraceful, smutty, contraband, pitch-black, smuggled, ignominious, disastrous, bleak, mordant

    Antonyms:
    whiteness, white, uncolored, honourable, diluted, overt, light-skinned, legal, unangry(p), hopeful, Caucasian, fortunate, good, light, unsarcastic, albescent, open, Caucasoid, clean, honorable, uncoloured, dilute

  18. bootleg, black, black-market, contraband, smuggled(adj)

    distributed or sold illicitly

    "the black economy pays no taxes"

    Synonyms:
    pitch-dark, black-market, shameful, dim, blackened, inglorious, grim, calamitous, fatal, fateful, dark, sinister, opprobrious, bootleg, disgraceful, smutty, contraband, pitch-black, smuggled, ignominious, disastrous, bleak, mordant

    Antonyms:
    white, whiteness, albescent, overt, good, light, uncolored, light-skinned, diluted, hopeful, uncoloured, fortunate, unangry(p), Caucasoid, clean, unsarcastic, open, legal, Caucasian, honourable, dilute, honorable

  19. black, disgraceful, ignominious, inglorious, opprobrious, shameful(adj)

    (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"

    Synonyms:
    pitch-dark, black-market, shameful, dim, fatal, inglorious, scurrilous, grim, calamitous, abusive, blackened, fateful, dark, sinister, opprobrious, bootleg, scandalous, disgraceful, smutty, contraband, pitch-black, smuggled, shocking, ignominious, disastrous, bleak, mordant

    Antonyms:
    white, whiteness, uncoloured, Caucasian, uncolored, open, fortunate, light-skinned, hopeful, overt, unangry(p), good, unsarcastic, honorable, diluted, albescent, clean, legal, dilute, light, honourable, Caucasoid

  20. black(adj)

    (of coffee) without cream or sugar

    Synonyms:
    pitch-dark, black-market, shameful, dim, fatal, inglorious, grim, calamitous, blackened, fateful, dark, sinister, opprobrious, bootleg, disgraceful, smutty, contraband, pitch-black, smuggled, ignominious, disastrous, bleak, mordant

    Antonyms:
    white, whiteness, honourable, Caucasian, clean, uncoloured, dilute, fortunate, uncolored, Caucasoid, hopeful, unsarcastic, honorable, good, light, light-skinned, unangry(p), open, diluted, overt, legal, albescent

  21. black, smutty(verb)

    soiled with dirt or soot

    "with feet black from playing outdoors"; "his shirt was black within an hour"

    Synonyms:
    pitch-dark, black-market, cruddy, shameful, dim, fatal, inglorious, grim, calamitous, blackened, fateful, nasty, dark, filthy, sinister, opprobrious, bootleg, disgraceful, smutty, contraband, pitch-black, smuggled, foul, ignominious, disastrous, bleak, mordant

    Antonyms:
    whiteness, white, honorable, hopeful, unsarcastic, open, fortunate, overt, unangry(p), dilute, light, albescent, uncolored, Caucasian, clean, honourable, Caucasoid, uncoloured, legal, diluted, good, light-skinned

  22. blacken, melanize, melanise, nigrify, black(verb)

    make or become black

    "The smoke blackened the ceiling"; "The ceiling blackened"

    Synonyms:
    scorch, melanize, blacken, sear, nigrify, melanise, char

    Antonyms:
    white, whiteness, honorable, uncoloured, overt, uncolored, dilute, honourable, hopeful, unsarcastic, albescent, fortunate, light, legal, light-skinned, Caucasoid, good, diluted, open, Caucasian, unangry(p), clean

Wiktionary

  1. black(noun)

    Synonyms:
    blacklist, darken, blackball, blacken, gloomy, dark, pitch-black

    Antonyms:
    white, lit, bright, illuminate

  2. black(adjective)

    At this point black makes a disastrous move.

    Antonyms:
    white

  3. black(adjective)

    To make black, to blacken.

    Synonyms:
    pitch-black, dark, gloomy, blacklist, blackball, blacken, darken

    Antonyms:
    white, illuminate, bright, lit

  4. black(adjective)

    To apply blacking to something.

    Synonyms:
    dark, gloomy, pitch-black, blackball, blacklist, darken, blacken

    Antonyms:
    illuminate, bright, white, lit

  5. black(adjective)

    To boycott something or someone, usually as part of an industrial dispute.

    Synonyms:
    gloomy, pitch-black, dark, blackball, darken, blacklist, blacken

    Antonyms:
    lit, bright, illuminate, white

  6. black(adjective)

    Black cloth hung up at funerals.

    Synonyms:
    pitch-black, dark, gloomy

    Antonyms:
    lit, illuminate, white, bright

  7. black(adjective)

    A person of African descent, Aborigine or Maori.

    Synonyms:
    gloomy, dark, pitch-black

    Antonyms:
    illuminate, bright, lit, white

  8. black(adjective)

    The black ball.

    Synonyms:
    gloomy, pitch-black, dark

    Antonyms:
    white, lit, bright, illuminate

  9. black(adjective)

    The edge of home plate

    Jim drinks his coffee black, but Ellen prefers it with creamer.

    Synonyms:
    dark, gloomy, pitch-black

    Antonyms:
    white, bright, illuminate, lit

  10. black(adjective)

    a type of firecracker that is really more dark brown in colour.

    The black pieces in this set are in fact made of dark blue glass.

    Synonyms:
    pitch-black, gloomy, dark

    Antonyms:
    white, lit, bright, illuminate

  11. black(noun)

    blackcurrant syrup (in mixed drinks, e.g. snakebite and black, cider and black).

    After the election, the parties united in a black-yellow alliance.

    Synonyms:
    pitch-black, gloomy, dark

    Antonyms:
    illuminate, bright, white, lit

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. black

    Strictly, that which is black is absolutely destitute of color; that which is dark is absolutely destitute of light. In common speech, however, a coat is black, tho not optically colorless; the night is dark, tho the stars shine. That is obscure, shadowy, or shady from which the light is more or less cut off. Dusky is applied to objects which appear as if viewed in fading light; the word is often used, as are swart and swarthy, of the human skin when quite dark, or even verging toward black. Dim refers to imperfection of outline, from distance, darkness, mist, etc., or from some defect of vision. Opaque objects, as smoked glass, are impervious to light. Murky is said of that which is at once dark, obscure, and gloomy; as, a murky den; a murky sky. Figuratively, dark is emblematic of sadness, agreeing with somber, dismal, gloomy, also of moral evil; as, a dark deed. Of intellectual matters, dark is now rarely used in the old sense of a dark saying, etc. See MYSTERIOUS; OBSCURE.

    Compare synonyms for LIGHT.

    Synonyms:
    dark, dim, dismal, dusky, gloomy, murky, mysterious, obscure, opaque, sable, shadowy, shady, somber, swart, swarthy

    Antonyms:
    bright, brilliant, clear, crystalline, dazzling, gleaming, glowing, illumined, light, lucid, luminous, radiant, shining, transparent, white

Editors Contribution

  1. melony

    melony [mel-ony] as a girls' name is a greek name, and the name melony means "black, dark". melony is an alternate form of melanie (greek). associated with greek, black.

    Submitted by rinat on September 10, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. black(a.)

    Synonyms:
    dark, ebon, inky, atramentous, swarthy, murky, dusky, pitchy, dingy, cimmerian

  2. black(a.)

    Synonyms:
    wicked, atrocious, villanous, heinous, flagitious, diabolic, infernal, hellish, outrageous, monstrous, horrible

  3. black(n.)

    Synonyms:
    black color

  4. black(n.)

    Synonyms:
    mourning, black garment

  5. black(n.)

    Synonyms:
    negro, blackamoor, black man

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. black(a)

    Synonyms:
    sable, ebon, inky, stygian, cimmerian, lowering, murky, ethiopian, papuan, negro

  2. black(n)

    Synonyms:
    stain, smooch, ethiopian, papuan, negro

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How to use black in a sentence?

  1. Jacob Frey:

    For five minutes, we watched as a white officer pressed his knee to the neck of a black man, when you hear someone calling for help, you are supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic human sense. What happened on Chicago and 38th this last night is simply awful. It was traumatic and it serves as a clear reminder of just how far we have to go.

  2. Seattle Public Schools:

    What inspired me the most was when students asked, When are Hamilton teachers going to do this? When are Seattle school teachers going to stand up and say Black Lives Matter and celebrate us?

  3. Win Lwin:

    They call it the black market but it's the real market, it's very difficult for the banks to follow the rules.

  4. Nadine Gasman:

    Femicide is part of the big increase in violence in general in Brazil. The underlying causes are discrimination against women and inequality, and in Brazil black women are the poorest and the most discriminated against.

  5. Democratic Rep. Gregory Meeks:

    It’s not real, this was Donald Trump first time visiting a black church. What you see here is a bait and switch.


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