black·​list | \ ˈblak-ˌlist How to pronounce blacklist (audio) \

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

Although most of Europe has yet to blacklist Mahan Air, Germany earlier this week banned the airliner, citing security concerns. Ian Talley, WSJ, "U.S. Sanctions Two Airline Companies for Aiding Iran," 24 Jan. 2019 By Saturday, a travel blacklist foiled Mr. Najib’s attempt to leave for Indonesia with his wife. New York Times, "A Stunning, Sudden Fall for Najib Razak, Malaysia’s ‘Man of Steal’," 15 May 2018 That'll have its own set of throttles and perhaps even new blacklists if further problems are detected. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "The Windows 10 October 2018 Update is now fully available—for “advanced” users," 18 Dec. 2018 The country’s online blacklist is constantly evolving and includes local and international news sites and advocacy groups like Reporters Without Borders, a press-freedom group, and Avaaz, an activism site. Jared Malsin, WSJ, "Throughout Middle East, the Web Is Being Walled Off," 18 July 2018 The blacklist’s publication shed some light on a policy that has been shrouded in secrecy and confusion. David M. Halbfinger, New York Times, "Boycott Drive Put Israel on a Blacklist. Now Israel Has One of Its Own.," 7 Jan. 2018 On Monday, the U.S. increased the pressure, adding governors who support Mr. Maduro to its sanctions blacklist. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, "Evolving Venezuela Sanctions Pose Problems for Banks," 25 Feb. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

About 80 miles northwest, the USS Milius and a Japanese warship were following a tanker blacklisted by the United Nations for smuggling oil into North Korea. Alastair Gale, WSJ, "‘We Got Them’: A U.S. Destroyer Hunts for North Korean Oil Smugglers," 14 Apr. 2019 Kim Yong Chol, the leader of a North Korean delegation visiting Seoul and an official blacklisted by both the United States and South Korea for his role in the nuclear weapons program, seemed to obfuscate Monday. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "South Korea’s president urges both Washington and Pyongyang to be pragmatic," 26 Feb. 2018 Treasury noted while the sanctions are being lifted on the three companies, Deripaska will remain blacklisted as part of a number of sanctions announced last April that targeted tycoons with close ties to the Kremlin. Martin Crutsinger, The Seattle Times, "Treasury lifts sanctions against 3 Russian companies," 28 Jan. 2019 Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube all recently removed Jones' accounts from their platforms, and Apple and Spotify have blacklisted Jones' podcasts. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "PayPal bans Alex Jones, saying he “promoted hate”," 21 Sep. 2018 But the Raffs took their case to the European Union’s antitrust watchdogs, arguing that Google had deliberately blacklisted them. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "The long, tortured quest to make Google unbiased," 6 Dec. 2018 North Korea’s Chon Ma San made four deliveries in April and June, delivering up to 74,000 barrels of fuel oil into the country’s Nampo port weeks after the U.N. blacklisted it, according to U.S. intelligence reports reviewed by the Journal. Tom Wright, WSJ, "New Doubts Emerge About U.S.-Led Sanctions on North Korea," 16 Sep. 2018 Newsletter Sign-up France has blacklisted the Iranian intelligence unit and the two individuals domestically. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "EU Imposes Fresh Sanctions on Iran Over Assassination Plots," 8 Jan. 2019 Wheaton was already unpopular with some members of the LGBT community for his use of a Twitter blocklist that blacklisted many trans users along with harassers and trolls. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Twitter rival Mastodon isn’t safe from online mobs either," 31 Aug. 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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