- 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.
- to put (a person, group, company, etc.) on a blacklist.
Origin of blacklist
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Examples from the Web for blacklist
The Blacklist does have one unqualified success this season: its extraordinary work in overhauling Keen.The Blacklist’s Frustrating Fall: Keen’s a Keeper, but Red Regresses
November 11, 2014
It highlights the biggest problem with The Blacklist as the show barrels towards the conclusion of its debut season.‘The Blacklist’ Is Dead Without the Psychotic Red
March 31, 2014
On the drama side, James Spader breaks into the Best Actor category for his bravura scenery chewing on The Blacklist.15 Golden Globe Snubs and Surprises: No Oprah, No Jon Hamm, and More
Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern
December 12, 2013
For an anti-defamation league to put out a blacklist is to imply that those blacklisted are in the business of defamation.Once Again, the Anti-Defamation League Defames
October 22, 2013
Our highly anticipated new James Spader drama The Blacklist deserves to go into the 10 p.m. slot on Monday.
The discussion was as profitless as that arising from the blacklist.
He'll blacklist you in every yacht club from Bar Harbor to Miami.Blow The Man Down
It does not need to use a "blacklist" because the employers are all combined in one "person."Ethics
John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
Commissioner Wright: "Have you any other evidence of the existence of a blacklist?"The Pullman Boycott
W. F. Burns
"I don't think you have any cause to blacklist Mr. Norcross," I said.The Wreckers
- a list of persons or organizations under suspicion, or considered untrustworthy, disloyal, etc, esp one compiled by a government or an organization
- (tr) to put on a blacklist
Word Origin and History for blacklist
also black-list, black list, "list of persons who have incurred suspicion," 1610s, from black (adj.), here indicative of disgrace, censure, punishment (attested from 1590s, in black book) + list (n.). Specifically of employers' list of workers considered troublesome (usually for union activity) is from 1888. As a verb, from 1718. Related: Blacklisted; blacklisting.
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.