black comedy (n.)

1961, "comedy that deals in themes and subjects usually regarded as serious or taboo," from black (adj.), in a figurative sense of "morbid," + comedy. Compare French pièce noire, also comédie noire "macabre or farcical rendering of a violent or tragic theme" (1958, perhaps the inspiration for the English term) and 19th-century gallows-humor. In a racial sense, from 1921.

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black eye (n.)

"discoloration around the eye from injury" c. 1600, from black (adj.) + eye (n.). Figurative sense of "injury to pride, rebuff" is by 1744; that of "bad reputation" is from 1880s.

In reference to dark eyes, often as a mark of beauty, from 1660s. Black-eyed is from 1590s of women, of peas from 1728. The black-eyed Susan as a flower (various species) so called from 1881, for its appearance. It also was the title of a poem by John Gay (1685-1732), which led to a popular mid-19c. British stage play of the same name.

All in the Downs the fleet was moored,
  The streamers waving in the wind,
When black-eyed Susan came aboard,
  "Oh! where shall I my true love find?
Tell me, ye jovial sailors, tell me true,
If my sweet William sails among the crew?"
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blackish (adj.)
"somewhat black, moderately dark," mid-15c., from black (adj.) + -ish.
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blackly (adv.)
"with a black or dark appearance," 1560s, from black (adj.) + -ly (2).
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blackie (n.)
also blacky, "a black person," 1815, from black (adj.) + -y (3).
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blacktop (n.)
road resurfacing material, 1931, American English, from black (adj.) + top (n.1).
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blackhead (n.)
"comedo," 1837, from black (adj.) + head (n.). So called for its appearance.
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blacking (n.)
1570s, "thing which makes (something else) black;" c. 1600, "action of making black," verbal noun from black (v.).
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