Black is the colour of coal, ebony, and of outer space. It is the darkest colour, the result of the absence of or complete absorption of light. It is the opposite of white (the combined spectrum of colour or light) and represents the absence of color. 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. According to surveys in Europe and North America, it is the colour most commonly associated with mourning, the end, secrets, magic, power, violence, evil, and elegance.
- Black, (blak), adj. Destitute of light, devoid of color, enveloped in darkness. Hence, utterly dismal or gloomy, as "the future looked black.