Definition of blacklist in US English:

blacklist

noun

  • A list of people or things that are regarded as unacceptable or untrustworthy and should be excluded or avoided.

    ‘he was placed on a blacklist which meant he was unable to get credit’
    ‘a blacklist of blocked websites’
    • ‘In the real world, however, there are no prematurely ended careers so far, no blacklists, no gulags for the dissidents.’
    • ‘The government is creating a force that will suppress the criminally influential, but many have escaped the blacklist whether through influence or virtue.’
    • ‘I know what she means when she says that a blacklist will never be an effective, long-term solution to an internet-based problem.’
    • ‘We do make our blacklist publicly available so anyone can check if we are banning sites critical towards us.’
    • ‘This is one of the books of the year, a lucid history of the Communist Party in Hollywood through the period of the blacklist.’
    • ‘The bank, which is on the US blacklist, has branches across the Middle East that continue to operate.’
    • ‘They create blacklists and urge their readers and fellow bloggers to threaten and harass their targets.’
    • ‘The Popular Front period would fade into history, eclipsed by the war, the McCarthy period, the blacklist, the cold war.’
    • ‘As a result of the Liberal party's stance against the war, Canada finds itself, alongside many European states, on the blacklist of their most powerful ally.’
    • ‘A type of pattern-matching filter, Bayesian filters don't require whitelists or blacklists.’
    • ‘Anti-spam systems also keep blacklists of known spammers, as well as lists of approved senders.’
    • ‘The infamous blacklist was already being compiled, and the subject matter of the movie could have made him suspect.’
    • ‘The browser adjusts its security settings automatically, based on a regularly-updated blacklist of dangerous or malicious sites.’
    • ‘Inclusion on the blacklist, which could be proposed shortly, could make it difficult for the bank to do business internationally.’
    • ‘Critics of the blacklist have set up a website highlighting their grievances against the popular service.’
    • ‘If they list a URL in the comment that is on the blacklist, then they get blocked.’
    • ‘The new rules would allow the agency to create a blacklist of material deemed seriously dangerous to children.’
    • ‘But thanks to the blacklist, hundreds of others are being tarred with the same brush, and thousands will be over the next few years.’
    • ‘They've even published a blacklist of spamblogs to help indexing services weed them out.’
    • ‘It allows the attorney general to create a blacklist of organisations for their involvement in terrorism and allows the country to deport or bar entry to anyone connected with those groups.’

verb

[with object]
  • Put on a blacklist.

    ‘workers were blacklisted after being quoted in the newspaper’
    ‘blacklisted books’
    • ‘Thousands of Americans were blacklisted during the Cold War.’
    • ‘Taking a serious note of the incident, the president blacklisted the Indian actor for his remarks.’
    • ‘He said million of poor workers and unemployed were blacklisted by credit bureaus even for owing a small amount of money.’
    • ‘Last year we were blacklisted over copyright violation over a treaty that we signed.’
    • ‘I was blacklisted, pushed out, everybody who talked to me was humiliated.’
    • ‘During the 1930s he was blacklisted as a union activist and never got work.’
    • ‘When he was released, he was effectively blacklisted and unable to find work, forced to drive a taxi with a forged license.’
    • ‘I would not participate in a phoney election and accepted the alternative - being blacklisted and placed under surveillance.’
    • ‘Immigration has blacklisted him, which means he can never return to Thailand, citing that he was considered a danger to society.’
    • ‘Well, I've blacklisted the sites and deleted the offending comments.’
    • ‘From that day on I was blacklisted by both him and the head elder.’
    • ‘He was blacklisted during the McCarthy years and subsequently suffered a severe nervous breakdown.’
    • ‘Those who refused to return to their teams were blacklisted from baseball.’
    • ‘Originally a stage actor in France, he was blacklisted as a result of signing a statement against the French occupation of Algeria.’
    • ‘Once the highest paid actor in Hollywood, he was blacklisted by the film industry and died penniless in 1943 at the age of 46.’
    • ‘Despite the fact that Arbuckle was later acquitted of manslaughter after two hung juries, he was essentially blacklisted from Hollywood.’
    • ‘When Kevon told him the story, he blacklisted you and very nearly posted a price on your hide.’
    • ‘Factory owners regularly oblige overtime hours, pregnancy tests, dismiss and blacklist workers suspected of union organizing.’
    • ‘If you're blacklisted, he says, you do what you can - just as if you were growing up in Harlem.’
    • ‘As a result, the director was blacklisted in the French film industry for three years.’
    boycott, ostracize, avoid, embargo, place an embargo on, put an embargo on, consider undesirable, steer clear of, ignore
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Origin

Early 17th century: from black + list.

Pronunciation

blacklist

/ˈblækˌlɪst//ˈblakˌlist/