Definition of Blackball

1. Noun. The act of excluding someone by a negative vote or veto.

Exact synonyms: Barring
Generic synonyms: Ejection, Exclusion, Expulsion, Riddance

2. Verb. Expel from a community or group.
Exact synonyms: Ban, Banish, Cast Out, Ostracise, Ostracize, Shun
Generic synonyms: Expel, Kick Out, Throw Out
Derivative terms: Banishment, Ostracism, Ostracism, Ostracism, Ostracism

3. Verb. Vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent. "The President vetoed the bill"
Exact synonyms: Negative, Veto
Generic synonyms: Contradict, Controvert, Oppose
Entails: Vote
Specialized synonyms: Defeat, Kill, Shoot Down, Vote Down, Vote Out
Derivative terms: Negative, Veto, Veto

Definition of Blackball

1. n. A composition for blacking shoes, boots, etc.; also, one for taking impressions of engraved work.

2. v. t. 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.

Definition of Blackball

1. Noun. a rejection, a vote against admitting someone ¹

2. Noun. a black ball used to indicate such a negative vote ¹

3. Noun. the act of so rejecting someone ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) to vote against, especially in an exclusive organization ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) to ostracize ¹

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Definition of Blackball

1. [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Blackball

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Literary usage of Blackball

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1. The Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee (1908)
"Brit.l JM blackball, GILBERT (A 1667), catholic missioner, is believed to nave been a native of the diocese of Aberdeen. He entered the Scotch college at ..."

2. The Blackhalls of that Ilk and Barra: Hereditary Coroners and Foresters of by Alexander Morison (1905)
"Whether a blackball or a King took the initiative in alienation cannot be determined by this deed, but, as I have already stated, the early history of Barra ..."

3. A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Scotsmen by Robert Chambers (1835)
"... Sir Archibald Stewart of blackball ] ; Cunningham of Glengarnock ; Hamilton of Dalzell ; Earl of Kincardine ; Colonel John Erskine, grandson of the lord ..."

4. The English Church and Its Bishops 1700-1800 by Charles John Abbey (1887)
"... through several editions, and attracted much attention.4 He wrote also the second part of ' The Whole Duty of Man.' • Offspring blackball, Bishop of ..."

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