Definition of blackness in English:



  • 1The property or quality of being black in colour:

    ‘it restores grey hair to blackness’
    • ‘The disparity seems further exaggerated by the size and blackness of the soldier's hat.’
    • ‘She was the one who stood out from the general indistinguishable blackness of the singers' garb.’
    • ‘There flows a ruddier light through the blood-colored panes, and the blackness of the sable drapery appalls.’
    • ‘Their horizontally biased edges, along with their blackness, tie them together and also relate them to the colored bands above and below.’
    • ‘These three mezzotints have a gorgeous inky blackness out of which roofs in his typical style are all but subsumed.’
    • ‘The blackness of the breast stripe was calculated by averaging the gray values of the pixels.’
    • ‘Consider the whiteness of the sword, not the blackness of the letters.’
    • ‘The sun was blocked out by the blackness of the clouds.’
    • ‘The ring's low height and shiny blackness suggest an experimental apparatus.’
    • ‘The figure on the throne was grinning maliciously beneath the blackness of his hood.’
    1. 1.1 Complete darkness; the absence of any light:
      ‘the entire house was plunged into pitch blackness’
  • 2The fact or state of belonging to any human group having dark-coloured skin:

    ‘my experiences have made me far more aware of my blackness than ever before’
    ‘she holds that position not because of her blackness, but her effectiveness’
    1. 2.1 The quality or character associated with black people:
      ‘the blackness of his poetry is an inextricable aspect of his subject matter’
  • 3A state characterized by despair or depression:

    ‘there is a little hope amid the blackness of his life’
    ‘the absolute depths of blackness and morbidity’
    • ‘As the wracking tears continue to come, the blackness becomes complete and there is something that happens to her mind.’
    • ‘There was no way to measure the time she had been sunk in a blackness, the utter depths where nothing stirred.’
    • ‘He struggled against the blackness that shrouded his mind.’
    • ‘Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they're going through.’
    • ‘I dreamt of troubled blackness, but the shadows couldn't touch me.’
    • ‘I was staring down at a maw of blackness that had robbed me of my hope and future.’
    • ‘A tide of blackness ebbed into his consciousness, a rolling fog slowly distorting his thoughts.’
    • ‘Despair was a heavy blackness that let no light in or out.’
    • ‘As their words evoke the McCarthy era, we are reminded of the blackness of the postwar period.’
    • ‘The shades of gray in their relationship make the blackness of her home life seem overdone.’
    1. 3.1archaic A state or condition of being evil or wicked:
      ‘the blackness of the human heart through the atrocities of war’