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Definition of blacklist

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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 The mix of topics is similar on Cabells’ whitelist, of 16,000 reliable journals, and its blacklist. The Economist, "Garbage in How to spot dodgy academic journals," 30 May 2020 The United States placed Huawei and 114 affiliates on its economic blacklist citing national security concerns. NBC News, "U.S. moves to cut Huawei off from global chip suppliers," 15 May 2020 The blacklist prohibits federal government transactions but does not affect company or local-government deals. Drew Harwell, Anchorage Daily News, "Thermal scanners are the latest technology being deployed to detect the coronavirus. But they don’t really work.," 11 May 2020 Douglas helped end the Hollywood blacklist by giving writer Dalton Trumbo screen credit under his own name. Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, "Little Richard, flamboyant rocker who fused gospel fervor and R&B sexuality, dies at 87," 9 May 2020 Citing these security concerns, the US put Huawei on trade blacklist last May, cutting off the company from US suppliers. Jane Li, Quartz, "Britain’s Huawei decision will be its first major trade test in a post-Brexit world," 13 Jan. 2020 Billy’s columns thus launched the Hollywood blacklist, which one way or another affected every person in the industry. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "‘Hollywood Godfather’ Review: Shaking Down Tinseltown," 27 Dec. 2018 The Trump administration last week tightened its sanctions, adding more Venezuelan officials to its blacklist, which bars them from doing business with U.S. citizens and companies. Los Angeles Times, "Iran, Venezuela and other U.S. foes fight coronavirus amid American sanctions," 1 Apr. 2020 Some property owners are creating blacklists of tenants that have skipped rent payments, a list that includes the Equinox gym chain, LVMH and Staples. New York Times, "A Decade of Jobs Destroyed in a Month," 16 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Amazon could be in hot water after a Chinese firm that is blacklisted by the United States reportedly sold $10 million worth of thermal cameras to the company. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "Amazon spends $10M on thermal cameras from Chinese firm blacklisted for alleged treatment of Uighurs: Report," 29 Apr. 2020 The Dixie Chicks dropped their fourth album, Taking the Long Way, in 2006, but the group had been blacklisted by radio stations for a comment Maines made on stage during a London concert in 2003 against then-President George W. Bush. Nick Romano,, "Dixie Chicks postpone new Gaslighter album release," 21 Apr. 2020 Officials said members have been blacklisted by the Chinese government and are banned from traveling to China. Sarah Brookbank,, "Shen Yun will not cancel performances due to coronavirus. Because it's based in New York," 27 Feb. 2020 The only other countries that are blacklisted are North Korea and Iran. Susannah George, Washington Post, "Pakistan hopes its steps to ‘eradicate’ terrorism will keep it off a global blacklist," 20 Feb. 2020 Newsletter Sign-up The penalty is the consequence of a series of loans Standard Chartered made to a Turkish bank owned by Sberbank of Russia—one of the entities blacklisted by the EU in July 2014. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, "Standard Chartered Fined for Violating Russia Sanctions," 31 Mar. 2020 She was charged with engaging in transactions or dealings in properties with businesses blacklisted by the Treasury Department that allegedly provided financial support to Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion, or CJNG. CBS News, "Daughter of alleged Mexican drug kingpin "El Mencho" arrested in Washington D.C.," 27 Feb. 2020 The centre is planning to blacklist around 800 preachers from Indonesia who came on a tourist visa and participated in the three-day religious conference. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "A religious congregation in Delhi could be the coronavirus hotspot India was trying to escape," 30 Mar. 2020 Now scientists face up to $15,000 in fines and a five-year research ban; institutions that violate the regulations risk fines, blacklisting on grant applications and loss of their medical licenses. Alisa Opar, Scientific American, "CRISPR-Edited Babies Arrived, and Regulators Are Still Racing to Catch Up," 27 Jan. 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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4 Jun 2020

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“Blacklist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 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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