a sheep with black fleece.
a person who causes shame or embarrassment because of deviation from the accepted standards of his or her group.
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A Modern Aladdin Howard Pyle
Children of the Bush Henry Lawson
a person who is regarded as a disgrace or failure by his family or peer group
The least reputable member of a group; a disgrace. For example, Uncle Fritz was the black sheep of the family; we always thought he emigrated to Argentina to avoid jail. This metaphor is based on the idea that black sheep were less valuable than white ones because it was more difficult to dye their wool different colors. Also, in the 16th century, their color was considered the devil’s mark. By the 18th century the term was widely used as it is today, for the odd member of a group.
a member of a fascist organization, especially the Italian Fascist militia, wearing a black shirt as part of the uniform.
noun a secret facility used by a country’s military as a prison and interrogation centre, whose existence is denied by the government Contemporary Examples Terror Prisons in The Post-Gitmo World Noah Kristula-Green June 26, 2012 Did the CIA Chief Just Dare Obama to Fire Him? Eli Lake March 10, 2014
a black and white New World skimmer, Rynchops nigra, having a bill with a reddish-orange base.
a person who makes horseshoes and shoes horses. a person who forges objects of iron. a blackish damselfish, Chromis punctipinnis, inhabiting coastal waters off southern California. Contemporary Examples The Jewish Conquistadors Edward Kritzler December 20, 2008 The ‘GOT’ Red Viper and Mountain Duel, and a History of Medieval Trial by Combat Steven Isaac June 2, […]