Definition of blackness in English:



mass noun
  • 1The property or quality of being black in colour.

    ‘it restores grey hair to blackness’
    • ‘These three mezzotints have a gorgeous inky blackness out of which roofs in his typical style are all but subsumed.’
    • ‘The figure on the throne was grinning maliciously beneath the blackness of his hood.’
    • ‘She was the one who stood out from the general indistinguishable blackness of the singers' garb.’
    • ‘Their horizontally biased edges, along with their blackness, tie them together and also relate them to the colored bands above and below.’
    • ‘There flows a ruddier light through the blood-colored panes, and the blackness of the sable drapery appalls.’
    • ‘The ring's low height and shiny blackness suggest an experimental apparatus.’
    • ‘Consider the whiteness of the sword, not the blackness of the letters.’
    • ‘The sun was blocked out by the blackness of the clouds.’
    • ‘The blackness of the breast stripe was calculated by averaging the gray values of the pixels.’
    • ‘The disparity seems further exaggerated by the size and blackness of the soldier's hat.’
    1. 1.1 Complete darkness; the absence of any light.
      ‘the entire house was plunged into pitch blackness’
      • ‘One exceptional scene shows that under all the blackness there is a ray of light.’
      • ‘Set upright and lined with fireworks, it bursts into brilliant flame against the night sky and slowly dies away to blackness.’
      • ‘The camera pans across a galaxy of stars and planets, novae, and nebulae twinkling in the blackness.’
      • ‘The figure is seen in raking light against an impenetrable blackness.’
      • ‘Various horrifying images pop out of the blackness and into the minimal light.’
      • ‘The blackness of space has never seemed so encompassing.’
      • ‘It's a masterful moment that would likely lose most of its impact if not projected in the blackness of a theater.’
      • ‘In his moody and romantic photographs, images of roads and beautiful young girls emerge out of an inky blackness.’
      • ‘As the first half of the film fades out to blackness, so does the spectator's perception of lingering domestic comfort.’
      • ‘It's an etching of a floating ball of light suffusing into 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’
    • ‘In the logic of emerging European concept of race, blackness and nationalism were mutually exclusive.’
    • ‘The young protagonist struggles to come to terms with his own racial and ethnic identity, and to accept and embrace his blackness.’
    • ‘This short comedy pastiches common conceptions and stereotypes of blackness and the black male.’
    • ‘The porter tries to conceal his blackness by using a toxic chemical formula on his hair and skin.’
    • ‘His autobiography thus presents his blackness less as a deliberate mode of self-transformation than as an expression of something "latent within himself."’
    • ‘He wonders if his blackness makes him what Du Bois described as a not-fully human being who occupies the space between human and animal.’
    • ‘They realize that their reduction to penury is due to discrimination against their blackness on the part of whites and blacks alike.’
    • ‘She asserts her blackness in hardcore music.’
    • ‘The analogies deployed to regulate other minorities extend beyond the categories of blackness and whiteness.’
    • ‘Her blackness calls these categories into question, and Doc responds by scripting her as an unidentifiable object, neither a "who" nor a "what."’
    1. 2.1 The quality or character associated with black people.
      ‘the blackness of his poetry is an inextricable aspect of his subject matter’
      • ‘It essentially restricts blackness to this hop-hop–based definition.’
      • ‘Her performance of "blackness" can be seen as an attempt to reevaluate the desirability of "desiring to be black."’
      • ‘Their depictions of what the Dartmouth professor has called "literary blackness" achieve an important postmodern perspective.’
      • ‘The blackness that was in rockabilly in no way constituted an innovation in country music.’
      • ‘The authenticity and blackness in rock music is illustrated in some of the earliest published histories of rock.’
      • ‘I think a lot about the Beatles, and the way they expressed a blackness and a soul in their singing.’
      • ‘She is impishly marrying stereotypes of black and white beauty, placing blackness in a predictably white setting.’
      • ‘The jazzy blackness and the minimal discord give way to hushed serenity, remolding the songs into new creatures.’
      • ‘The white kids want to experience blackness, dramatic and direct.’
      • ‘In his early years, blackness had meant a pointillism of culture that included collard greens, grits, and pig's feet.’
  • 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.’
    • ‘I was staring down at a maw of blackness that had robbed me of my hope and future.’
    • ‘As their words evoke the McCarthy era, we are reminded of the blackness of the postwar period.’
    • ‘Despair was a heavy blackness that let no light in or out.’
    • ‘He struggled against the blackness that shrouded his mind.’
    • ‘The shades of gray in their relationship make the blackness of her home life seem overdone.’
    • ‘I dreamt of troubled blackness, but the shadows couldn't touch me.’
    • ‘There was no way to measure the time she had been sunk in a blackness, the utter depths where nothing stirred.’
    • ‘Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they're going through.’
    • ‘A tide of blackness ebbed into his consciousness, a rolling fog slowly distorting his thoughts.’
    1. 3.1archaic A state or condition of being evil or wicked.
      ‘the blackness of the human heart through the atrocities of war’
      • ‘'Tis possible the armor will see naught but wicked blackness in your heart.’
      • ‘it cannot banish the blackness of malice, hatred, bigotry, and selfishness from the hearts of humanity.’
      • ‘"There is blackness in even the cleanest heart, child," she laughed.’
      • ‘The angels were gasping as they stepped closer, eyes wide as Desdemona was quickly surrounded by that blackness again.’
      • ‘It was bubbling and churning, and fingers of blackness probed and stabbed out of the front of it, marking him.’