ETYM Old Eng. blak, as. blaec; akin to Icel. blakkr dark, swarthy, Swed. bläck ink, Dan. blaek, Old High Germ. blach, lg. and Dutch blaken to burn with a black smoke. Not akin to as. blâc, Eng. bleak pallid.
1. Being of the achromatic color of maximum darkness; having little or no hue owing to absorption of almost all incident light; SYN. achromatic.
2. Extremely dark; SYN. pitch-black, pitch-dark.
3. Dressed in black.
4. Of or belonging to a racial group having dark skin especially of sub-Saharan African origin.
5. Stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable; SYN. dark, sinister.
6. (Of events) Having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin; SYN. calamitous, disastrous, fatal, fateful.
7. (Of intelligence operations) Deliberately misleading.
8. (Of the face) Made black especially as with suffused blood; SYN. blackened.
9. (Used of conduct or character) Deserving or bringing disgrace or shame; SYN. disgraceful, ignominious, inglorious, opprobrious, shameful.
10. Marked by anger or resentment or hostility.
11. Harshly ironic or sinister; SYN. grim, mordant.
12. Offering little or no hope; SYN. bleak, dim.
13. Soiled with dirt or soot.
14. (Of coffee) Without cream or sugar.
1. Soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime; SYN. soiled, unclean.
2. Spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination; SYN. contaminating.
3. Unethical or dishonest; SYN. sordid.
4. Expressing or revealing hostility or dislike
5. (Of color) Discolored by impurities; not bright and clear; is often used in combination; SYN. dingy, muddied, muddy.
6. Vile; despicable; SYN. filthy, lousy.
7. (Of behavior or especially language) Characterized by obscenity or indecency
8. Obtained illegally or by improper means; SYN. ill-gotten.
9. (Of a manuscript) Defaced with changes; SYN. foul, marked-up.
10. Unpleasantly stormy