Black–list



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.
Contemporary Examples

Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501 Clive Irving January 5, 2015
A Sax Player, Then a Suspect After Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Final Act Michael Daly February 6, 2014
The Yakuza Olympics Jake Adelstein February 6, 2014
NBC Unveils Its 2013-14 Schedule: ‘Parenthood’ to Thursday, ‘Revolution’ to Wednesday, and More Jace Lacob May 11, 2013

Historical Examples

Jacob Faithful Captain Frederick Marryat
G. H. Q. Frank Fox
Fables in Slang George Ade
The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
Fardorougha, The Miser William Carleton
The African Colony John Buchan

noun
a list of persons or organizations under suspicion, or considered untrustworthy, disloyal, etc, esp one compiled by a government or an organization
verb
(transitive) to put on a blacklist
n.

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.

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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