black book definition

  • noun:
    • a novel containing names of people or companies to blacklist.
    • a list of individuals who are off benefit
  • others:
    • One of several publications of a political personality, posted at different occuring times and for different reasons; -- so called either through the color of the binding, or from character of the articles.
    • a novel compiled in the twelfth century, containing a description associated with the courtroom of exchequer of England, an official declaration for the incomes associated with the crown, etc.
    • A book containing information on the enormities practiced in the English monasteries and religious houses, compiled by purchase of their visitors under Henry VIII., to accelerate their particular dissolution.
    • a novel of admiralty law, for the highest authority, put together into the reign of Edw. III.
    • a novel held for the true purpose of registering the names of people prone to censure or punishment, as with the English universities, and/or English armies.
    • Any guide which treats of necromancy.
    • A book containing a black number.
    • a novel held by just one man, containing a listing of ladies whom he calls sometimes for a social day; -- often used in the phrase little black colored book.

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