noir

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Related to noirs: Neo-noir, films noirs

noir

 (nwär)
adj.
1. Of or relating to the film noir genre.
2. Of or relating to a genre of crime literature featuring tough, cynical characters and bleak settings.
3. Suggestive of danger or violence.

[Short for film noir. Sense 2, short for French roman noir, black novel.]

noir′ish adj.

noir

(nwɑː)
adj
(Film) (of a film) showing characteristics of a film noir, in plot or style

noir

(nwɑr)
adj.
having the characteristics of film noir; tough and bleakly pessimistic.
noir′ish, adj.
[1980–85; < Fr noir black]
References in classic literature ?
In short, he had hitherto acted the part rather of a spectator than of a party in the tournament, a circumstance which procured him among the spectators the name of Le Noir Faineant, or the Black Sluggard.
Le Noir Faineant then turned his horse upon Athelstane of Coningsburgh; and his own sword having been broken in his encounter with Front-de-B
It being now the duty of Prince John to name the knight who had done best, he determined that the honour of the day remained with the knight whom the popular voice had termed Le Noir Faineant.
Upon this I set myself to explain the meaning of all the combinations--of "rouge et noir," of "pair et impair," of "manque et passe," with, lastly, the different values in the system of numbers.
One day last week--on Thursday night, to be more exact--I found that I could not sleep, having foolishly taken a cup of strong café noir after my dinner.
I recognized the detested voice of my bete noir, Alick Carruthers, thick as might be expected of the dissipated dog, yet daring to stutter out her name.
And, as I said just now, quite a new version of the 'Domino Noir.
Kirsch was at work for his part at the rouge et noir and did not see his young master.
9) This theme of the deceptive protagonist prevails not only in cop-infiltration noirs such as The Street With No Name (William Keighley, 1948), T-Men (Anthony Mann, 1947), White Heat (Raoul Walsh, 1949), and Port of New York (Laszlo Benedek, 1949), but also pervades the logic of film noir as a whole.
It is clear therefore that formalist criticism of the noir genre risks the danger of reducing noir by noirs to a critique of patriarchy or of capitalism-minimizing on the one hand, the deconstruction of racism in the renewed genre and, on the other hand, a delineation of a Black way of life in America.
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