black mark

noun

Definition of black mark

:something that makes something else less perfect or less appealing
  • His habitual tardiness was a black mark against him.

Word by Word Definitions

black play
  1. : of the color black (see 2black 2)

  2. : very dark in color

  3. : having a very deep or low register (see 1register 4b)

  1. : a pigment or dye of the color black : a black pigment or dye

  2. : the achromatic (see achromatic 3) color of least lightness characteristically perceived to belong to objects that neither reflect nor transmit light

  3. : something that is black: such as

  1. : to become black (see 1black)

  2. : to make black

  3. : to declare (something, such as a business or industry) subject to boycott by trade-union members

mark play
  1. : a boundary land

  2. : a conspicuous object serving as a guide for travelers

  3. : something (such as a line, notch, or fixed object) designed to record position

  1. : to fix or trace out the bounds or limits of

  2. : to plot the course of : chart

  3. : to set apart by or as if by a line or boundary

  1. : any of various old European units of weight used especially for gold and silver

  2. : a unit of value:

  3. : an old English unit equal to 13s 4d

  1. : an early Jewish Christian traditionally identified as the writer of the Gospel of Mark —called also John Mark

  2. : the second Gospel (see 1gospel 1) in the New Testament — see Bible Table

  3. : a king of Cornwall, uncle of Tristram, and husband of Isolde


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