Synonyms of black in English:

black


See definition of black

adjective

1‘a black horse’

SYNONYMS

dark, pitch-black, as black as pitch, pitch-dark, jet-black, inky, coal-black, blackish

sable

literary Stygian

ANTONYMS

white

2‘a black night’

SYNONYMS

unlit, dark, starless, moonless, unlighted, unilluminated

gloomy, dusky, dim, murky, dingy, shadowy, overcast

literary crepuscular, tenebrous

rare Stygian, Cimmerian, Tartarean, caliginous

ANTONYMS

clear, bright

3‘the blackest day of the war’

SYNONYMS

tragic, disastrous, calamitous, catastrophic, cataclysmic, ruinous, devastating, fatal, fateful, wretched, woeful, grievous, lamentable, miserable, dire, unfortunate, awful, terrible

literary direful

ANTONYMS

joyful

4‘Mary was in a black mood’

SYNONYMS

miserable, unhappy, sad, wretched, broken-hearted, heartbroken, grief-stricken, grieving, sorrowful, sorrowing, mourning, anguished, distressed, desolate, devastated, despairing, inconsolable, disconsolate, downcast, down, downhearted, dejected, crestfallen, cheerless, depressed, pessimistic, melancholy, morose, gloomy, glum, mournful, funereal, doleful, dismal, forlorn, woeful, woebegone, abject, low-spirited, long-faced

informal blue, down in the mouth, down in the dumps

literary dolorous

ANTONYMS

cheerful

5‘black humour’

SYNONYMS

cynical, sick, macabre, weird, unhealthy, ghoulish, morbid, perverted, gruesome, sadistic, cruel, offensive

6‘Rory shot her a black look’

SYNONYMS

angry, cross, annoyed, irate, vexed, irritated, exasperated, indignant, aggrieved, irked, piqued, displeased, provoked, galled, resentful, irascible, bad-tempered, tetchy, testy, crabby, waspish, dark, dirty, filthy, furious, outraged

threatening, menacing, unfriendly, aggressive, belligerent, hostile, antagonistic, evil, evil-intentioned, wicked, nasty, hate-filled, bitter, acrimonious, malevolent, malicious, malignant, malign, venomous, poisonous, vitriolic, vindictive

British informal shirty, stroppy, narky, ratty, eggy

literary malefic, maleficent

ANTONYMS

pleasant, friendly


verb

1‘the steps of the houses were neatly blacked’

2‘he broke his nose and blacked his eye’

SYNONYMS

bruise, contuse

hit, punch, injure

make black, discolour

3‘trade union members blacked the work’

SYNONYMS

boycott, embargo, place an embargo on, put an embargo on, blacklist, ban, bar, proscribe


Phrases

    in the black

      ‘the company's in the black again’

      SYNONYMS

      in credit, in funds, debt-free, out of debt, solvent, financially sound, able to pay one's debts, creditworthy, of good financial standing, solid, secure, profit-making, profitable

      rare

      unindebted

      ANTONYMS

      in debt

      black
    black and white

      1‘a black-and-white picture’

      SYNONYMS

      monochrome, greyscale

      ANTONYMS

      colour

      2‘I wish to see the proposals in black and white’

      SYNONYMS

      in print, printed, written down, set down, on paper, committed to paper, recorded, on record, documented, clearly defined, explicitly defined, plainly defined

      ANTONYMS

      spoken

      3‘they tend to talk around the subject instead of making black-and-white statements’

      SYNONYMS

      categorical, unequivocal, absolute, uncompromising, unconditional, unqualified, unambiguous, clear, clear-cut, positive, straightforward, definite, definitive

      simplistic, shallow, pat, glib, jejune, naive

      ANTONYMS

      equivocal

      4‘children think in black and white, good and bad’

      SYNONYMS

      in absolute terms, unequivocally, without shades of grey, categorically, uncompromisingly, unconditionally, unambiguously, clearly, positively, straightforwardly, definitely, definitively

      simplistically, shallowly, patly, glibly, jejunely, naively

      ANTONYMS

      equivocally

    black out

      ‘the pain hit him and he blacked out’

      SYNONYMS

      faint, lose consciousness, pass out, collapse, keel over

      informal

      flake out, conk out, go out

      literary

      swoon

    black something out

      1‘the city was blacked out as an air-raid precaution’

      SYNONYMS

      darken, make dark, make darker, shade, turn off the lights in

      keep the light out of

      2‘the report on the incident has over 200 pages blacked out’

      SYNONYMS

      censor, suppress, redact, withhold, cover up, hide, conceal, obscure, veil, draw a veil over, pull a veil over, hush up, sweep under the carpet, whitewash