Definition of blackness in US English:



  • 1The property or quality of being black in color.

    ‘it restores gray hair to blackness’
    • ‘Their horizontally biased edges, along with their blackness, tie them together and also relate them to the colored bands above and below.’
    • ‘Consider the whiteness of the sword, not the blackness of the letters.’
    • ‘She was the one who stood out from the general indistinguishable blackness of the singers' garb.’
    • ‘The blackness of the breast stripe was calculated by averaging the gray values of the pixels.’
    • ‘These three mezzotints have a gorgeous inky blackness out of which roofs in his typical style are all but subsumed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The figure on the throne was grinning maliciously beneath the blackness of his hood.’
    • ‘The sun was blocked out by the blackness of the clouds.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘As the first half of the film fades out to blackness, so does the spectator's perception of lingering domestic comfort.’
      • ‘Set upright and lined with fireworks, it bursts into brilliant flame against the night sky and slowly dies away to blackness.’
      • ‘It's an etching of a floating ball of light suffusing into blackness.’
      • ‘The blackness of space has never seemed so encompassing.’
      • ‘One exceptional scene shows that under all the blackness there is a ray of light.’
      • ‘In his moody and romantic photographs, images of roads and beautiful young girls emerge out of an inky blackness.’
      • ‘The camera pans across a galaxy of stars and planets, novae, and nebulae twinkling in the blackness.’
      • ‘Various horrifying images pop out of the blackness and into the minimal light.’
      • ‘The figure is seen in raking light against an impenetrable blackness.’
      • ‘It's a masterful moment that would likely lose most of its impact if not projected in the blackness of a theater.’
  • 2The fact or state of belonging to any human group having dark-colored 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’
    • ‘She asserts her blackness in hardcore music.’
    • ‘His autobiography thus presents his blackness less as a deliberate mode of self-transformation than as an expression of something "latent within himself."’
    • ‘The young protagonist struggles to come to terms with his own racial and ethnic identity, and to accept and embrace his blackness.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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."’
    • ‘They realize that their reduction to penury is due to discrimination against their blackness on the part of whites and blacks alike.’
    • ‘In the logic of emerging European concept of race, blackness and nationalism were mutually exclusive.’
    • ‘The porter tries to conceal his blackness by using a toxic chemical formula on his hair and skin.’
    • ‘This short comedy pastiches common conceptions and stereotypes of blackness and the black male.’
    1. 2.1 The quality or character associated with black people.
      ‘the blackness of his poetry is an inextricable aspect of his subject matter’
      • ‘She is impishly marrying stereotypes of black and white beauty, placing blackness in a predictably white setting.’
      • ‘The authenticity and blackness in rock music is illustrated in some of the earliest published histories of rock.’
      • ‘The white kids want to experience blackness, dramatic and direct.’
      • ‘Her performance of "blackness" can be seen as an attempt to reevaluate the desirability of "desiring to be black."’
      • ‘The blackness that was in rockabilly in no way constituted an innovation in country music.’
      • ‘In his early years, blackness had meant a pointillism of culture that included collard greens, grits, and pig's feet.’
      • ‘I think a lot about the Beatles, and the way they expressed a blackness and a soul in their singing.’
      • ‘Their depictions of what the Dartmouth professor has called "literary blackness" achieve an important postmodern perspective.’
      • ‘The jazzy blackness and the minimal discord give way to hushed serenity, remolding the songs into new creatures.’
      • ‘It essentially restricts blackness to this hop-hop–based definition.’
  • 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’
    • ‘I dreamt of troubled blackness, but the shadows couldn't touch me.’
    • ‘As the wracking tears continue to come, the blackness becomes complete and there is something that happens to her mind.’
    • ‘He struggled against the blackness that shrouded his mind.’
    • ‘A tide of blackness ebbed into his consciousness, a rolling fog slowly distorting his thoughts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The shades of gray in their relationship make the blackness of her home life seem overdone.’
    • ‘I was staring down at a maw of blackness that had robbed me of my hope and future.’
    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.’
      • ‘The angels were gasping as they stepped closer, eyes wide as Desdemona was quickly surrounded by that blackness again.’
      • ‘"There is blackness in even the cleanest heart, child," she laughed.’
      • ‘it cannot banish the blackness of malice, hatred, bigotry, and selfishness from the hearts of humanity.’
      • ‘It was bubbling and churning, and fingers of blackness probed and stabbed out of the front of it, marking him.’