blacklist

[ blak-list ]
/ ˈblækˌlɪst /

noun

a list of persons under suspicion, disfavor, censure, etc.: His record as an anarchist put him on the government's blacklist.
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.
a list drawn up by a labor union, containing the names of employers to be boycotted for unfair labor practices.

verb (used with object)

to put (a person, group, company, etc.) on a blacklist.

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Origin of blacklist

First recorded in 1610–20; black + list1
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British Dictionary definitions for blacklist

blacklist
/ (ˈblækˌlɪst) /

noun

a list of persons or organizations under suspicion, or considered untrustworthy, disloyal, etc, esp one compiled by a government or an organization

verb

(tr) to put on a blacklist

Derived forms of blacklist

blacklisting, noun
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Cultural definitions for blacklist

blacklist

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.

notes for blacklist

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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