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blackball definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the act of excluding someone by a negative vote or veto [syn: barring, blackball] v
1: expel from a community or group [syn: banish, ban, ostracize, ostracise, shun, cast out, blackball]
2: vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent; "The President vetoed the bill" [syn: veto, blackball, negative]

Merriam Webster's

I. transitive verb Date: 1770 1. to vote against; especially to exclude from membership by casting a negative vote 2. a. to exclude socially ; ostracize b. boycott II. noun Date: 1777 1. a small black ball for use as a negative vote in a ballot box 2. an adverse vote especially against admitting someone to membership in an organization

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. reject (a candidate) in a ballot (orig. by voting with a black ball).

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Blackball Black"ball`, n. 1. A composition for blacking shoes, boots, etc.; also, one for taking impressions of engraved work. 2. A ball of black color, esp. one used as a negative in voting; -- in this sense usually two words.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Blackball Black"ball`, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blackballed; p. pr. & vb. n. Blackballing.] 1. To vote against, by putting a black ball into a ballot box; to reject or exclude, as by voting against with black balls; to ostracize. He was blackballed at two clubs in succession. --Thackeray. 2. To blacken (leather, shoes, etc.) with blacking.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(blackballs, blackballing, blackballed) If the members of a club blackball someone, they vote against that person being allowed to join their club. Members can blackball candidates in secret ballots. VERB: V n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. Exclude (by black balls), reject (by a negative vote).

Moby Thesaurus

ban, banish, banishment, blackballing, blacklist, boycott, boycottage, cast out, categorically reject, complaint, cut, deport, dim view, disagreement, disallow, disappointment, disapprobation, disapproval, disapprove, disapprove of, discontent, discontentedness, discontentment, disenchantment, disesteem, disfavor, disfellowship, disgruntlement, disillusion, disillusionment, displeasure, disrespect, dissatisfaction, dissent, dissent from, distaste, exclude, exclusion, excommunicate, exile, expatriate, expel, extradite, frown at, frown down, frown upon, fugitate, grimace at, indignation, look askance at, look black upon, low estimation, low opinion, not approve, not go for, not hear of, not hold with, object, object to, objection, oppose, opposition, opposure, ostracism, ostracization, ostracize, outlaw, proscribe, proscription, protest, reject, rejection, relegate, rusticate, say no to, send away, send down, send to Coventry, snub, spurn, take exception to, think ill of, think little of, thrust out, thumb down, thumbs-down, transport, unhappiness, view with disfavor


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