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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 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’
- 2.1 The quality or character associated with black people:‘the blackness of his poetry is an inextricable aspect of his subject matter’
- 2.1 The quality or character associated with black people:
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.’
- 3.1archaic A state or condition of being evil or wicked:‘the blackness of the human heart through the atrocities of war’
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