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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Black
 
  Black as Alaskan sealskin.
            —Anonymous
  1
  Black as a stack of black cats.
            —Anonymous
  2
  Black as a thundercloud.
            —Anonymous
  3
  Black as a tinker.
            —Anonymous
  4
  Black as blindness.
            —Anonymous
  5
  Black as Egypt’s night.
            —Anonymous
  6
  Black as a sloe.
            —Anonymous
  7
  Black as snow in London.
            —Anonymous
  8
  Black as the Duke of Hell’s black riding boots.
            —Anonymous
  9
  Black as the inside of a man who drank a bottle of ink.
            —Anonymous
  10
  Black as the mantle that shrouds the blind.
            —Anonymous
  11
  Black as Uncle Tom.
            —Anonymous
  12
  Black as the bear on Iskardoo.
            —Edwin Arnold
  13
  Thoughts as black as hell, as hot and bloody.
            —Beaumont and Fletcher
  14
  Black as a coal pit.
            —Henry Ward Beecher
  15
  Black as the tents of Kedar.
            —Saint Bernard
  16
  Black as a young rook.
            —Dion Boucicault
  17
  Black, like plumes at funerals.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  18
  Black as death.
            —Lord Byron
  19
  Black as Gehenna and the Pit of Hell.
            —Thomas Carlyle
  20
  Black as a crow.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  21
  Blak as fende in helle.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  22
  Black as a cave mouth.
            —Irvin S. Cobb
  23
  Black as the devil.
            —George Colman, the Younger
  24
  Black as Tophet.
            —Joseph Conrad
  25
  Black as the mine.
            —William Cowper
  26
  Black as if lightning-scarred or curst of God.
            —Aubrey De Vere
  27
  Black as thunder.
            —Charles Dickens
  28
  Black as beads.
            —Austin Dobson
  29
  Black as a wolf’s mouth.
            —Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  30
  Black as ebony.
            —Alexandre Dumas, père
  31
  Black as night when the tempests pass.
            —Frederick William Faber
  32
  Black as starless night.
            —Phineas Fletcher
  33
  Black as a cassock.
            —Samuel Foote
  34
  Black as the pit.
            —William Ernest Henley
  35
  Blacker than a raven in a coal mine.
            —O. Henry
  36
  Black as stormy darkness.
            —Thomas Heywood
  37
  Black as gunpowder.
            —Thomas Hood
  38
  Black as the fruit of the thorn.
            —Thomas Hood
  39
  Black as your hat.
            —Thomas Hood
  40
  Blackens like a thunder cloud.
            —Thomas Hood
  41
  Black as the fleet from Aulis ’gainst doomed Troy.
            —Richard Hengist Horne
  42
  Black as the wood of the gallows-tree.
            —Victor Hugo
  43
  As black as any Moor.
            —Jacques Jasmin
  44
  Black as the devil in a comedy.
            —Thomas Killigrew
  45
  Black as the sliding water over a mill-dam.
            —Rudyard Kipling
  46
  Black as the king of Ashantee.
            —Charles James Lever
  47
  Black as sightless eyes.
            —George Cabot Lodge
  48
  As blacke as deepest dark.
            —John Lyly
  49
  Blacke as jeat.
            —John Lyly
  50
  Blacke as the burnt coale.
            —John Lyly
  51
          My Arab steed is black—
Black as the tempest cloud that flies
Across the dark and muttering skies.
            —Adam Mickiewicz
  52
  Black as a [chimney] sweep.
            —F. P. Northall
  53
  Black and glossy as the raven’s wing.
            —Thomas L. Peacock
  54
  Black as winter chimney.
            —John Phillips
  55
  Black as despair.
            —John Phillips
  56
  Black as autumn’s sky.
            —Winthrop Mackworth Praed
  57
  Black as a burned stump.
            —Opie Read
  58
  As black as the steeds of night.
            —T. Buchanan Read
  59
  Black as fiery Africa’s slaves.
            —T. Buchanan Read
  60
  Black as black iron.
            —Christina Georgina Rossetti
  61
  Black as pitch.
            —Thomas Sackville
  62
  Black as the newly-pruned crow.
            —George Sandys
  63
  Black as a funeral pall.
            —John G. Saxe
  64
  Black as mourning weed.
            —Scottish Ballad Percy’s Reliques
  65
  Black as Acheron.
            —William Shakespeare
  66
                Black
As if besmear’d in hell.
            —William Shakespeare
  67
  Black as incest.
            —William Shakespeare
  68
  Black as ink.
            —William Shakespeare
  69
  Black as Vulcan in the smoke of war.
            —William Shakespeare
  70
  Black as a cormorant.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  71
  Black as Erebus and Night.
            —Robert Southey
  72
  Black as the womb of darkness.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  73
  Black as crushed worms that sicken in the sense.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  74
  Black as thunderous night.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  75
  As midnight black.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  76
  Black as flameless brand.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  77
  Black as ashbuds in the front of March.
            —Alfred Tennyson
  78
  Black as sackcloth of hair.
            —New Testament
  79
  Black as a raven.
            —Old Testament
  80
  Black like an oven.
            —Old Testament
  81
  Blacker than a coal.
            —Old Testament
  82
  Black as Hell.
            —William Thomson
  83
  Black as winter sky.
            —Walter Thornbury
  84
  Black as soot.
            —Voltaire
  85
  Black as a berry.
            —François Villon
  86
  Black as with wrath.
            —Alaric A. Watts
  87
  Black as black.
            —William Butler Yeats
  88
 
 
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