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black art

n.
Black magic; witchcraft.
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black art

n
(Alternative Belief Systems) the black art another name for black magic
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black′ art′


n.
Often, black arts. witchcraft, sorcery, or other occult practice used for evil purposes.
[1580–90]
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black art

Another name for black magic or witchcraft.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.black art - the belief in magical spells that harness occult forces or evil spirits to produce unnatural effects in the worldblack art - the belief in magical spells that harness occult forces or evil spirits to produce unnatural effects in the world
magic, thaumaturgy - any art that invokes supernatural powers
witchcraft, witchery - the art of sorcery
bewitchment, enchantment - a magical spell
demonism, diabolism, Satanism - a belief in and reverence for devils (especially Satan)
obiism - belief in a kind of sorcery that originated in Africa and is practiced in the West Indies
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I was a champion, it was true, but not the champion of the frivolous black arts, I was the champion of hard unsentimental common-sense and reason.
"Scragga, son of Twala, the great king--Twala, husband of a thousand wives, chief and lord paramount of the Kukuanas, keeper of the great Road, terror of his enemies, student of the Black Arts, leader of a hundred thousand warriors, Twala the One-eyed, the Black, the Terrible."
Visit the Navy Yard, and behold a marine, such a man as an American government can make, or such as it can make a man with its black arts -- a mere shadow and reminiscence of humanity, a man laid out alive and standing, and already, as one may say, buried under arms with funeral accompaniments, though it may be
The local witch-doctor, knowing his own medicine better than any other knew it, was jealous of all other pretenders to accomplishments in the black art. He long had heard of the power of Bukawai, and feared lest, should he succeed in recovering Momaya's lost child, much of the tribal patronage and consequent fees would be diverted to the unclean one.
look here, Joseph,' she continued, taking a long, dark book from a shelf; 'I'll show you how far I've progressed in the Black Art: I shall soon be competent to make a clear house of it.
For her own part, she had reason to believe that he practised animal magnetism, and, if such things were in fashion nowadays, should be apt to suspect him of studying the Black Art up there in his lonesome chamber.
Reports were various as to the nature of his fortunate speculation: one intimating that the ancient Peter had made the gold by alchemy; another, that he had conjured it out of people's pockets by the black art; and a third, still more unaccountable, that the devil had given him free access to the old provincial treasury.
W., was under the constant necessity of referring for advice and support to a sage volume entitled The Complete British Family Housewife, which she would sit consulting, with her elbows on the table and her temples on her hands, like some perplexed enchantress poring over the Black Art. This, principally because the Complete British Housewife, however sound a Briton at heart, was by no means an expert Briton at expressing herself with clearness in the British tongue, and sometimes might have issued her directions to equal purpose in the Kamskatchan language.
"It almost feels like we're back in that period of the Black Arts Movement where we really are having to develop a curriculum that prepares our students to speak up and be not only engaging, but be influencers in the discourse," she adds.
With critical depth and poetic prose that rival the virtuosity and brilliance of the book's protagonists, Carter Mathes elaborates the striking relationship between sound and black artistic expression in a period he dubs the "long Black Arts Movement" era (1965-1980).
Moving away from claims of catholicity and universality, this period highlights a turn towards black nationalism expressed in the Black Power Movement and Black Arts Movement (BAM) of the 1960s.
This study explores the work of black women playwrights responding to the Black Arts Movement, an American political and aesthetic movement of the 1960s and 1970s.