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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

Park was earlier convicted of colluding with senior government officials to blacklist artists critical of her government to deny them state assistance programs. Washington Post, "S. Korean court sends Park, Samsung heir cases to new trials," 29 Aug. 2019 Google’s decision to blacklist The Western Journal was informed in part by the work of an outside security firm, CounterAction, according to a person briefed on the matter. Justin Bank, New York Times, "Big Tech, a Conservative Provocateur and the Fight Over Disinformation," 21 Aug. 2019 Huawei signed a deal to bring super-fast 5G wireless networks to Russia, signaling that the Chinese tech giant isn’t letting its blacklist status in the U.S. bring down its global business. Alyssa Newcomb, Fortune, "Huawei Strikes a 5G Deal in Russia as the Chinese Tech Giant Remains on U.S. Blacklist," 6 June 2019 Ingredients such as parabens, silicones, phthalates, and fragrances are typically on this blacklist, and for good reason. Kalia Kornegay,, "As more and more people lean into eco-friendly beauty products, these two female entrepreneurs are leading the charge in Connecticut," 21 Aug. 2019 Due to this enthusiasm, Katz said the blacklist has not hurt her at all. Seamus Kirst, Teen Vogue, "Why Lindsey Boylan Wants to Defeat One of the Most Powerful Democrats in Congress," 16 Aug. 2019 Is the Trump administration backing out of its decision to place Chinese telecom company Huawei on a Commerce Department blacklist? Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 25 July 2019 Their efforts led legislators in Washington state to pass a bill in May that directed clubs to install panic buttons in spaces where dancers could be alone with customers and to maintain blacklists of customers who have been violent. New York Times, "Strippers Are Doing It for Themselves," 24 July 2019 But that doesn’t mean there won’t be casualties of Trump’s blacklist episode. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "Trump’s war on Huawei risks hobbling US innovation," 20 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Robbins, who had named names under pressure from the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s, feuded with Mostel, who had been blacklisted for refusing to name names. G. Allen Johnson,, "Review: ‘Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles’ explores universality of classic musical," 29 Aug. 2019 Multiple love triangles have already formed, including one between Hannah G., Dylan, and Blake — who’s practically been blacklisted by the women of Paradise for his treatment of Caelynn and Kristina. Ew Staff,, "What to watch on Monday: Love triangles galore on Bachelor in Paradise," 12 Aug. 2019 In Hong Kong, only a few celebrities have dared to speak out in support of Hong Kong’s protests, most notably singer Denise Ho, who is blacklisted from mainland China. Echo Huang, Quartz, "After a Chinese flag was thrown into the sea, Hong Kong celebrities flex their patriotic muscles," 7 Aug. 2019 Huawei, a Chinese telecoms-equipment maker, reported a 23% increase in revenue in the first half of the year and said its 5G business was thriving, despite being blacklisted by America. The Economist, "Business this week," 3 Aug. 2019 Huawei, which is among the world's top telecom equipment manufacturers, was blacklisted by the U.S. Commerce Department in May. The company has been accused of stealing trade secrets in charges filed by the Department of Justice. Dallas News, "'Mass layoff' hits Huawei's Plano-based research arm Futurewei amid trade crackdown," 25 July 2019 Google News blacklisted the publication last year for what Google ruled were deceptive business practices. Justin Bank, New York Times, "Big Tech, a Conservative Provocateur and the Fight Over Disinformation," 21 Aug. 2019 As a result of being blacklisted, Futurewei has been unable to buy products from U.S. companies and share its own technology with parent company Huawei. Dallas News, "'Mass layoff' hits Huawei's Plano-based research arm Futurewei amid trade crackdown," 25 July 2019 According to Johannes Ullrich of the SANS Technology Institute, Oracle has been patching each of these series of deserialization vulnerabilities by individually blacklisting the deserialization of very specific classes as exploits are published. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Oracle issues emergency update to patch actively exploited WebLogic flaw," 19 June 2019

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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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