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Frank J. Wilstach, comp. A Dictionary of Similes. 1916.


Black as Alaskan sealskin.

Black as a stack of black cats.

Black as a thundercloud.

Black as a tinker.

Black as blindness.

Black as Egypt’s night.

Black as a sloe.

Black as snow in London.

Black as the Duke of Hell’s black riding boots.

Black as the inside of a man who drank a bottle of ink.

Black as the mantle that shrouds the blind.

Black as Uncle Tom.

Black as the bear on Iskardoo.
—Edwin Arnold

Thoughts as black as hell, as hot and bloody.
—Beaumont and Fletcher

Black as a coal pit.
—Henry Ward Beecher

Black as the tents of Kedar.
—Saint Bernard

Black as a young rook.
—Dion Boucicault

Black, like plumes at funerals.
—Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Black as death.
—Lord Byron

Black as Gehenna and the Pit of Hell.
—Thomas Carlyle

Black as a crow.
—Geoffrey Chaucer

Blak as fende in helle.
—Geoffrey Chaucer

Black as a cave mouth.
—Irvin S. Cobb

Black as the devil.
—George Colman, the Younger

Black as Tophet.
—Joseph Conrad

Black as the mine.
—William Cowper

Black as if lightning-scarred or curst of God.
—Aubrey De Vere

Black as thunder.
—Charles Dickens

Black as beads.
—Austin Dobson

Black as a wolf’s mouth.
—Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Black as ebony.
—Alexandre Dumas, père

Black as night when the tempests pass.
—Frederick William Faber

Black as starless night.
—Phineas Fletcher

Black as a cassock.
—Samuel Foote

Black as the pit.
—William Ernest Henley

Blacker than a raven in a coal mine.
—O. Henry

Black as stormy darkness.
—Thomas Heywood

Black as gunpowder.
—Thomas Hood

Black as the fruit of the thorn.
—Thomas Hood

Black as your hat.
—Thomas Hood

Blackens like a thunder cloud.
—Thomas Hood

Black as the fleet from Aulis ’gainst doomed Troy.
—Richard Hengist Horne

Black as the wood of the gallows-tree.
—Victor Hugo

As black as any Moor.
—Jacques Jasmin

Black as the devil in a comedy.
—Thomas Killigrew

Black as the sliding water over a mill-dam.
—Rudyard Kipling

Black as the king of Ashantee.
—Charles James Lever

Black as sightless eyes.
—George Cabot Lodge

As blacke as deepest dark.
—John Lyly

Blacke as jeat.
—John Lyly

Blacke as the burnt coale.
—John Lyly

My Arab steed is black—
Black as the tempest cloud that flies
Across the dark and muttering skies.
—Adam Mickiewicz

Black as a [chimney] sweep.
—F. P. Northall

Black and glossy as the raven’s wing.
—Thomas L. Peacock

Black as winter chimney.
—John Phillips

Black as despair.
—John Phillips

Black as autumn’s sky.
—Winthrop Mackworth Praed

Black as a burned stump.
—Opie Read

As black as the steeds of night.
—T. Buchanan Read

Black as fiery Africa’s slaves.
—T. Buchanan Read

Black as black iron.
—Christina Georgina Rossetti

Black as pitch.
—Thomas Sackville

Black as the newly-pruned crow.
—George Sandys

Black as a funeral pall.
—John G. Saxe

Black as mourning weed.
—Scottish Ballad Percy’s Reliques

Black as Acheron.
—William Shakespeare

As if besmear’d in hell.
—William Shakespeare

Black as incest.
—William Shakespeare

Black as ink.
—William Shakespeare

Black as Vulcan in the smoke of war.
—William Shakespeare

Black as a cormorant.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

Black as Erebus and Night.
—Robert Southey

Black as the womb of darkness.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Black as crushed worms that sicken in the sense.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Black as thunderous night.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

As midnight black.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Black as flameless brand.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Black as ashbuds in the front of March.
—Alfred Tennyson

Black as sackcloth of hair.
—New Testament

Black as a raven.
—Old Testament

Black like an oven.
—Old Testament

Blacker than a coal.
—Old Testament

Black as Hell.
—William Thomson

Black as winter sky.
—Walter Thornbury

Black as soot.

Black as a berry.
—François Villon

Black as with wrath.
—Alaric A. Watts

Black as black.
—William Butler Yeats