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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.
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noirish

(ˈnwɑːrɪʃ)
adj
1. (Film) characteristic of, or relating to, film noir
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) characteristic of, or relating to, a genre of crime literature in which the characters are tough or cynical and the settings are bleak and sleazy
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