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black-a-vised

[blak-uh-vahyst, -vahyzd]
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  1. having a dark complexion.
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Also black-a-viced [blak-uh-vahyst] /ˈblæk əˌvaɪst/.

Origin of black-a-vised

1750–60; Scots blackaviced, equivalent to black a vice (one) black of face (black + a3 + obsolete vice < Middle French vis; see visage) + -ed3
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Examples from the Web for black-a-vised

Historical Examples

  • "I misjudged that black-a-vised fellow," said Ichabod to Lantrim.

    Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 20, August 1877

    Various

  • They were a black-a-vised, ill-favored pair, these miners upon whose hospitality fate had thrown them.

    The Highgrader

    William MacLeod Raine

  • He and his black-a-vised kinfolk had little to do with the villagers, and the village had even less to do with them.