black list

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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Cultural Dictionary

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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blacklist definition


  1. n.
    a list of the names of banned people; a list of people undesirable to some group. : I hear they keep a blacklist of all the people they disagree with.
  2. tv.
    to put someone's name on a list of undesirables. : They blacklisted me for not belonging to the right organizations.
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Idioms & Phrases

black list

A list of persons or things considered undesirable or deserving punishment, as in Japanese beetles are on my black list of garden pests. The practice of making such lists is quite old. Notorious examples include the late 19th-century black lists of union members whom employers would not hire and the black lists of persons suspected of being Communists as a result of the hearings held by Senator Joseph R. McCarthy in the early 1950s. Today the term is also used more loosely, as in the example. [Early 1600s] Also see black book, def. 1.

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