blacklist

noun
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

blacklist

verb
blacklisted; blacklisting; blacklists

Definition of blacklist (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to put on a blacklist

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Other Words from blacklist

Verb

blacklister noun

Examples of blacklist in a Sentence

Noun

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The government has no-fly blacklists and TSA PreCheck as a travel red list. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Big Brother Isn’t Watching You," 4 Nov. 2018 In June, the EU imposed similar sanctions on seven senior army and police officers, all of whom are on Facebook’s blacklist. Victoria Milko, The Seattle Times, "Facebook bans Myanmar military chief, others to stop hate," 28 Aug. 2018 Almost every reputable restaurant in America maintains a blacklist of customers too odious to be seated among polite company—and the entire Trump administration should be on every last one of them. Mari Uyehara, GQ, "Blacklist Every Last One of Them," 26 June 2018 The court said Park colluded with senior government officials to blacklist artists critical of Park’s government to deny them state assistance programs. Time, "Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-Hye Has Been Sentenced to 24 Years in Prison," 6 Apr. 2018 Four high-ranking officers and two military units targeted by Facebook were also put on a U.S. government blacklist earlier this month for human rights abuses. Victoria Milko, The Seattle Times, "Facebook bans Myanmar military chief, others to stop hate," 28 Aug. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Wee Tiong withdrew the lawsuit after the FBI clarified to the banks that the company hadn’t been blacklisted by the Treasury Department. Niharika Mandhana And Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ, "North Korea Built an Alternative Financial System Using a Shadowy Network of Traders," 28 Dec. 2018 Diosdado Cabello, head of the ruling Socialist Party, and his wife and brother were blacklisted by the Treasury Department. Chris Megerian, latimes.com, "U.S. sanctions powerful Venezuelan official on eve of presidential election," 18 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of blacklist

Noun

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1702, in the meaning defined above

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blacklist

noun

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

blacklist

verb

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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