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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Other words from blacklist


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

For their part, the Russians have compiled an official blacklist of 451 native fans banned from games by court orders, although that number is smaller than similar hooligan list in other large European nations. Washington Post, "Amid bitter UK-Russia relations, police link up at World Cup," 16 June 2018 After receiving public feedback, the administration cut 515 imports from the blacklist and added 284 others. Paul Wiseman, The Seattle Times, "What you need to know about the upcoming U.S.-China tariffs," 2 July 2018 Last year’s report, the first by Guterres, who succeeded Ban, was delayed until October and changed the blacklist. Washington Post, "Coalition: Israel, Myanmar must go on children’s blacklist," 6 Mar. 2018 One aspect of that darkness is that compiling a blacklist has itself become risky. The Economist, "Some science journals that claim to peer review papers do not do so," 21 June 2018 The 145 cap international has been on the blacklist since August, although he has not been found guilty of any criminal charges so far., "Mexico Stalwart Rafael Marquez is Placed on the U.S. Blacklist on Money Laundering Charges," 20 June 2018 Márquez, who has been on the Treasury blacklist since August, and several businesses connected to him are accused of acting as fronts and holding assets for Raúl Flores Hernández, who is suspected of leading a drug trafficking organization. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "Mexico’s World Cup Captain Is on a U.S. Blacklist," 18 June 2018 Several of those put on the blacklist had links to Trump's campaign or to his associates who have come under scrutiny in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation. Laura King,, "Trump warns of 'big price' for suspected poison gas attack in Syria," 8 Apr. 2018 Kim is on a Treasury Department blacklist for human rights abuses and is likely to seek removal from the list as a concession. Fox News, "Some worry Trump is overlooking other issues with NKorea," 5 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Parts bear the stamp of the Shahid Bagheri Industrial Group, an Iranian firm that is blacklisted by the UN. The Economist, "Insecurity complexGulf states fear being encircled by Iran and abandoned by America," 21 June 2018 His parents, actors Jack and Madeline Gilford, were called before the committee, refused to testify and had their careers temporarily crater from being blacklisted as a result. Marcus Crowder, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Finks’: Son’s TheatreWorks play about his parents, blacklist feels uneven," 12 June 2018 To prevent users from removing the malicious extensions, the attackers automatically closed the extensions tab each time it was opened and blacklisted a variety of security tools provided by Facebook and Google. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Malicious Chrome extensions infect 100,000-plus users, again," 10 May 2018 Access for Ousted The president once again speaks occasionally by telephone with Anthony Scaramucci, the communications director Kelly fired last summer and blacklisted from the White House grounds. Jennifer Jacobs,, "Kelly Loses White House Clout as Trump Blazes Own Path," 29 Mar. 2018 Steinmetz was among an estimated 500 college professors nationwide who lost their jobs during the McCarthy era, many of them blacklisted for years afterward., "July 7, 1955: Steinmetz called Communist at hearing," 7 July 2018 The United States sanctioned the Foreign Trade Bank in 2013, while the U.N. Security Council blacklisted the bank last August. NBC News, "North Korea says it is unable to pay U.N. dues, blames sanctions," 10 Feb. 2018 In April, the Security Council blacklisted dozens of ships and shipping companies over coal and oil smuggling to North Korea. Carol Morello, Washington Post, "U.S. urges U.N. to halt all oil transfers to North Korea," 12 July 2018 The father in the family couldn’t get work because he was blacklisted. Dan Deluca,, "Ry Cooder, one of the great guitarists of all time, will give his first Philadelphia performance in decades," 29 June 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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