a black horseSyn:dark, pitch-black, jet-black, coal-black, ebony, sable, inkyAnt:white2)
a black nightSyn:unlit, dark, starless, moonless, wan; literary tenebrous, StygianAnt:clear, bright3)
thirty-seven percent of our advanced-study students are black
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the blackest day of the warSyn:tragic, disastrous, calamitous, catastrophic, cataclysmic, fateful, wretched, woeful, awful, terrible; formal grievousAnt:joyful5)
Mary was in a black moodSyn:miserable, unhappy, sad, wretched, broken-hearted, heartbroken, grief-stricken, grieving, sorrowful, sorrowing, anguished, desolate, despairing, disconsolate, downcast, dejected, sullen, cheerless, melancholy, morose, gloomy, glum, mournful, doleful, funereal, dismal, forlorn, woeful, abject; informal blue; literary dolorousAnt:cheerful6)
black humorSyn:cynical, macabre, weird, unhealthy, ghoulish, morbid, perverted, gruesome; informal sick7)
a black lookSyn:angry, vexed, cross, irritated, incensedSee also angry 1)Ant:pleased8) archaic
a black deedSyn:wicked, evil, heinous, villainous, badSee also wicked 1)Ant:virtuous•blackBlack, 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. Through the 1980s, the more formal African American replaced black in much usage, but both are now generally acceptable. Afro-American, an earlier alternative to black, is heard mostly in anthropological and cultural contexts. Colored people, common earlier in the twentieth century, is now usually regarded as derogatory, 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.
Thesaurus of popular words. 2014.