black man

noun

Definition of black man 

1 : a dark-skinned man

2 dialectal, dated : an evil spirit : boogeyman, devil “Why dost thou smile so at me?” inquired Hester, troubled at the expression of his eyes. “Art thou like the Black Man that haunts the forest round about us? Hast thou enticed me into a bond that will prove the ruin of my soul?” —Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850

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