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Meaning of 'black book' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Black book
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A book of admiralty law, of the highest authority, compiled in the reign of Edw. III.
- 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.
- Any book which treats of necromancy.