Black book

Black" book`

(blk" bk`). 1. One of several books of a political character, published at different times and for different purposes; -- so called either from the color of the binding, or from the character of the contents.
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2. A book compiled in the twelfth century, containing a description of the court of exchequer of England, an official statement of the revenues of the crown, etc.
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3. A book containing details of the enormities practiced in the English monasteries and religious houses, compiled by order of their visitors under Henry VIII., to hasten their dissolution.
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4. A book of admiralty law, of the highest authority, compiled in the reign of Edw. III. Bouvier. Wharton.
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5. A book kept for the purpose of registering the names of persons liable to censure or punishment, as in the English universities, or the English armies.
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6. Any book which treats of necromancy.
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7. A book containing a black list.
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8. A book kept by a single man, containing a list of women whom he calls occasionally for a social date; -- usually used in the phrase little black book. [jocose]
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