Roget's Thesaurus: Entry 431 (Blackness)

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#431. Blackness. -- N. blackness &c. adj.; darkness &c. (want of light). 421; swartliness[obs], lividity, dark color, tone, color; chiaroscuro &c. 420.

nigrification[obs], infuscation[obs].

jet, ink, ebony, coal pitch, soot, charcoal, sloe, smut, raven, crow.

[derogatory terms for black-skinned people] negro, blackamoor, man of color, nigger, darkie, Ethiop, black; buck, nigger [U. S.]; coon [U. S.], sambo.

[Pigments] lampblack, ivory black, blueblack; writing ink, printing ink, printer's ink, Indian ink, India ink.

V. be black &c. adj.; render -black &c. adj.

blacken, infuscate[obs], denigrate; blot, blotch; smutch[obs]; smirch; darken &c. 421.

black, sable, swarthy, somber, dark, inky, ebony, ebon, atramentous[obs], jetty; coal-black, jet-black; fuliginous[obs], pitchy, sooty, swart, dusky, dingy, murky, Ethiopic; low-toned, low in tone; of the deepest dye.

black as jet &c. n., black as my hat, black as a shoe, black as a tinker's pot, black as November, black as thunder, black as midnight; nocturnal &c. (dark) 421; nigrescent[obs]; gray &c. 432; obscure &c. 421.

Adv. in mourning.