black·​list | \ ˈblak-ˌlist \

Definition of blacklist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a list of persons who are disapproved of or are to be punished or boycotted
2 : a list of banned or excluded things of disreputable character a domain-name blacklist … helped the government keep marijuana on the blacklist.— Cynthia Cotts


blacklisted; blacklisting; blacklists

Definition of blacklist (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to put on a blacklist

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blacklister noun

Examples of blacklist in a Sentence


He's on the FBI's blacklist. The rental company has created a blacklist of bad drivers.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The courts are supposed to warn citizens before they’re added to the blacklist, allowing them 10 days to appeal the designation, but Li said he was caught by surprise. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Spend “frivolously” and be penalized under China’s new social credit system," 2 Nov. 2018 Airbnb also is reportedly on a forthcoming U.N. Human Rights Council blacklist of firms operating in Israeli settlements. Eugene Kontorovich, WSJ, "Airbnb’s Anti-Israel Hypocrisy," 25 Nov. 2018 The disaster has reignited concerns about safety in Indonesia’s fast-growing aviation industry, which was recently removed from European Union and U.S. blacklists. Stephen Wright, The Seattle Times, "Previous flight of crashed Lion Air jet terrified passengers," 30 Oct. 2018 There are up to eight individuals are being considered for the Treasury blacklist, according to Senate staff, as pressure on Myanmar’s military intensifies nearly a year after the original attacks took place. Timothy Mclaughlin, Washington Post, "Myanmar fires general who led campaign against Rohingya," 25 June 2018 In an April 2013 email, Danske Bank’s anti-money-laundering chief, based in Denmark, asked colleagues in the Estonia branch about client accounts whose owners appeared on a blacklist generated by Russia’s central bank. Bradley Hope, WSJ, "Bank at Center of Money-Laundering Probe Knew of Russian Blacklist Clients," 18 Sep. 2018 To date, there are no names on the Mali sanctions blacklist. Fox News, "France proposes sanctions against Mali peace deal spoilers," 30 Aug. 2018 Costa Rica is receiving some 200 asylum requests a day, mostly from young people who have been put on government blacklists, the Miami Herald reports. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "What Travelers Need to Know About the Unrest in Nicaragua," 3 Aug. 2018 On Tuesday the Trump administration took further steps to isolate Iran economically, placing the governor of its central bank on a terrorist blacklist. Barbara Surk, New York Times, "Clashing With Trump, E.U. Tries to Blunt U.S. Sanctions on Iran," 17 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Like, midlife crisis, institutionalized, blacklisted, no family. Mariah Haas, Fox News, "Drew Barrymore opens up about her childhood drug abuse: Cocaine 'seems like my worst nightmare right now'," 14 Sep. 2018 That previously unreported backroom maneuver is an example of a yearslong effort by U.S. officials, often working outside formal channels, to blacklist the Chinese technology giant. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Huawei Had a Deal to Give Washington Redskins Fans Free Wi-Fi, Until the Government Stepped In," 24 Dec. 2018 Amid the government campaign to blacklist the Chinese company, AT&T Inc. and Best Buy Co. this year halted sales of Huawei phones. Stu Woo, WSJ, "Huawei’s 1,500 U.S.-Based Staff Grow Wary Over Arrest," 12 Dec. 2018 On top of this, there continue to be complaints that Windows 10 version 1809 doesn't work with iCloud, and machines with the iCloud client are currently blacklisted to prevent them from receiving the 1809 update. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Latest Windows 10 update breaks Windows Media Player, Win32 apps in general," 26 Nov. 2018 Clooney denied having any knowledge Marquez was blacklisted. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Former 'ER' actress Vanessa Marquez fatally shot during incident with officers: report," 31 Aug. 2018 Louis Marandi, social-welfare minister in Jharkhand, said the charity may be blacklisted if wrongdoing is proven. Vidhi Doshi, Washington Post, "Nun from Mother Teresa’s charity in India arrested on suspicion of selling baby," 6 July 2018 To combat the issue, Venmo blacklisted tens of thousands of users whose accounts had been flagged as suspicious. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Venmo lost millions from fake payments this year," 26 Nov. 2018 Although he is blacklisted from many cruise lines for publishing information from his studies in books and on his website, Klein says that his website has no agenda other than to report the facts. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "The case against cruises," 15 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of blacklist


1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1702, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of blacklist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a list of people, organizations, etc., that are disapproved of or that are to be punished or avoided



English Language Learners Definition of blacklist (Entry 2 of 2)

: to say that a person, company, etc., should be avoided or not allowed to do something : to place (someone or something) on a blacklist

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