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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

Noun He's on the FBI's blacklist. The rental company has created a blacklist of bad drivers.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Delisting Sudan from the state sponsors blacklist is a key incentive for the Sudanese government to normalize relations with Israel. Samy Magdy, The Christian Science Monitor, "Path opens for Sudan to be cleared from US terrorism list," 20 Oct. 2020 The Trump administration last week extended its financial blacklist to virtually all Iran’s lenders, including those used to import medicines and food, trade supposedly exempt from sanctions. Golnar Motevalli,, "Iran Says U.S. Sanctions Halted Delivery of 2 Million Flu Vaccines," 14 Oct. 2020 American companies including Apple could land in Beijing's crosshairs after the Chinese government responded to President Trump's WeChat ban by pointedly announcing details about a restrictive new corporate blacklist. Washington Post, "China threatens U.S. companies with sanctions following Trump’s WeChat ban," 19 Sep. 2020 Italy added Paris and other parts of France to its covid-19 blacklist, requiring travelers from those regions to show proof of a negative test or undergo testing on arrival. Arkansas Online, "Europe adopts tougher virus restrictions as infections surge," 21 Sep. 2020 In October, the President placed the police bureau of Turpan (a city in eastern Xinjiang with a large Uighur population) and other local police organizations on a blacklist banning U.S. companies from selling products to them. Ineye Komonibo,, "Disney’s Mulan Sparks More Backlash Due To Its Ending Credits," 10 Sep. 2020 Names stay on the list for 25 years, prompting to the registry's nickname as a blacklist. Mary Jo Pitzl, azcentral, "Judge rules Department of Child Safety can legally put people on child-abuse 'black list'," 15 Sep. 2020 He was put on an immigration blacklist and will be banned from returning to the country, said immigration spokesperson Dana Sandoval. Jim Gomez, Star Tribune, "Philippines deports US Marine in transgender killing," 13 Sep. 2020 Delaware in 2019 introduced requirements that new business entities formed in the state be screened against the U.S.’s sanctions blacklist. Jack Hagel, WSJ, "Treasury and Delaware Sign Pact to Boost Sanctions Enforcement," 7 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The groups argued the release would blacklist the businesses as COVID-19 surges unchecked across Wisconsin. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "AA shrine, haunted houses, tramway: News from around our 50 states," 12 Oct. 2020 The currency plummeted further Sunday after the Trump administration’s decision on Thursday to blacklist 18 Iranian banks. Washington Post, "World Digest: Oct. 11, 2020," 11 Oct. 2020 The proposal to blacklist the entire Iranian financial industry has been pushed by Israeli officials and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a hawkish U.S. nonprofit organization that has advocated for regime change in Iran. John Hudson, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. imposes sanctions on Iran in defiance of Europe’s humanitarian objections," 8 Oct. 2020 The equipment gave the center the ability to blacklist as many as 150 million website URLs -- stopping people in the country from visiting them, according to the documents and people familiar with the matter. Ryan Gallagher,, "U.S. Company Faces Backlash After Belarus Uses Its Tech to Block Internet," 11 Sep. 2020 In response to her report, the city spending panel voted to cancel contracts with Holabird and blacklist the company. Talia Richman,, "Departing employees, including 2 who’ve faced scrutiny, outpace Baltimore police officers as city’s top earners," 31 Aug. 2020 The blast, which killed at least 160 people and injured thousands more, has accelerated efforts in Washington to blacklist Lebanese leaders aligned with Hezbollah, the country’s dominant political and military force, according to these people. WSJ, "U.S. Prepares Sanctions Against Hezbollah’s Allies in Lebanon," 12 Aug. 2020 Also, enforcement takes time as the government reaches all internet service providers and telecom operators to blacklist each and every host-name and domain name linked with a particular application. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "The ban on TikTok hasn’t turned the fortunes of its made-in-India rivals," 7 July 2020 Amazon, Microsoft and Google are providing web services to Chinese surveillance firms blacklisted by the United States for human rights abuses. Washington Post, "The Technology 202: SpaceX's historic launch could mark a new era in space exploration," 24 May 2020

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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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“Blacklist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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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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