blacklist

[blak-list]
noun
1.
a list of persons under suspicion, disfavor, censure, etc.: His record as an anarchist put him on the government's blacklist.
2.
a list privately exchanged among employers, containing the names of persons to be barred from employment because of untrustworthiness or for holding opinions considered undesirable.
3.
a list drawn up by a labor union, containing the names of employers to be boycotted for unfair labor practices.
verb (used with object)
4.
to put (a person, group, company, etc.) on a blacklist.
Compare whitelist.


Origin:
1610–20; black + list1


4. blackball, bar, debar, proscribe, ban, shun, ostracize.
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blacklist (ˈblækˌlɪst)
 
n
1.  a list of persons or organizations under suspicion, or considered untrustworthy, disloyal, etc, esp one compiled by a government or an organization
 
vb
2.  (tr) to put on a blacklist
 
'blacklisting
 
n

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blacklist
"list of persons who have incurred suspicion," 1610s, from black + list. Specifically of employers' list of workers considered troublesome (usually for union activity) is from 1888. As a verb, from 1718.
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blacklist definition


Concerted action by employers to deny employment to someone suspected of unacceptable opinions or behavior. For example, individual workers suspected of favoring labor unions have often been blacklisted by all the employers in a region.

Note: During the McCarthy era (see Joseph P. McCarthy) in the 1950s, the careers of many public figures suspected of communist activities were ruined by blacklisting.
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Nowadays, it usually refers to the blacklist by the same name.
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