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-# absorbing all [[light]] and reflecting none; [[dark]] and colourless.+'''Black''' is the [[color]] of [[coal]], [[ebony]], and of [[outer space]]. It is the darkest color, the result of the absence of or complete absorption of light. It is the opposite of [[white]] and often represents darkness in contrast with light.
-# without [[light]].+ 
-# Relating to persons of [[African]] descent or (especially in the US) their culture.+Black was one of the first colors used by artists in [[neolithic]] cave paintings. In the [[Roman Empire]], it became the color of mourning, and over the centuries it was frequently associated with death, evil, witches and magic. In the 14th century, it began to be worn by royalty, the clergy, judges and government officials in much of Europe. It became the color worn by English romantic poets, businessmen and statesmen in the 19th century, and a high fashion color in the 20th century.
-# [[Bad]]; [[evil]].+ 
-#* '''1655''', Benjamin Needler, ''Expository notes, with practical observations; towards the opening of the five first chapters of the first book of Moses called Genesis.'' London: N. Webb and W. Grantham, page 168.+In the Western World today, it is the color most commonly associated with mourning, the end, secrets, magic, violence. Other connotations include [[Power (philosophy)|power]], [[death]], [[elegance]], [[evil]], [[darkness]], mystery, [[Afrocentric views on race|Nubians]], [[Halloween]], [[coal]], [[petroleum]], [[sin]], [[outer space]], [[anarchism]], [[profit (economics)|profit]], [[night]], [[bad luck]], [[crime]] and [[sophistication]].
-#*: ''...what a '''black''' day would that be, when the Ordinances of Jesus Christ should as it were be excommunicated, and cast out of the Church of Christ.''+ 
-# [[Illegitimate]], [[illegal]] or [[disgraced]].+ 
-#* '''1866''', ''The Contemporary Review'', London: A. Strahan, page 338.+
-#*: ''Foodstuffs were rationed and, as in other countries in a similar situation, the [[black market|'''black''' market]] was flourishing.''+
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This reproduction of a 1900 minstrel show poster, originally published by the Strobridge Litho Co., shows the transformation from white to "black".
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This reproduction of a 1900 minstrel show poster, originally published by the Strobridge Litho Co., shows the transformation from white to "black".

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Black is the color of coal, ebony, and of outer space. It is the darkest color, the result of the absence of or complete absorption of light. It is the opposite of white and often represents darkness in contrast with light.

Black was one of the first colors used by artists in neolithic cave paintings. In the Roman Empire, it became the color of mourning, and over the centuries it was frequently associated with death, evil, witches and magic. In the 14th century, it began to be worn by royalty, the clergy, judges and government officials in much of Europe. It became the color worn by English romantic poets, businessmen and statesmen in the 19th century, and a high fashion color in the 20th century.

In the Western World today, it is the color most commonly associated with mourning, the end, secrets, magic, violence. Other connotations include power, death, elegance, evil, darkness, mystery, Nubians, Halloween, coal, petroleum, sin, outer space, anarchism, profit, night, bad luck, crime and sophistication.


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