Definition of black art in English:

black art

noun

usually the black art
another term for black magic
‘It appears to get there by some black magic known only to those with knowledge of the black arts.’
  • ‘Faustus calls on them to teach him the black arts.’
  • ‘A man named Seveni, a master of the black arts, brainwashed the country into a revolt against its own king and queen.’
  • ‘Spending a night in the library of an old friend and scholar of the black arts, the narrator becomes curious about the object in question.’
  • ‘The process is really pretty simple, but there is an element of magic - or black art - involved.’
  1. 1.1 humorous A technique or practice considered mysterious and sinister.
    ‘the black art of political news management’
    • ‘Prior to the 1970s, cryptography was a black art, understood and practised by only a few government and military personnel.’
    • ‘In the following centuries the sophists became masters of rhetoric, and taught this sometimes black art to the politicians and lawmen of their day.’
    • ‘In the black art of politics, as in the basics of comedy, timing is everything.’
    • ‘Like many other people in business, I have become increasingly frustrated and exasperated with the masters of the black art of spin.’
    • ‘In short, the seminar, given every other month, takes engine management from a black art to a science.’
    • ‘In fact, dealing with computers sometimes seems like an art - a black art to be precise.’
    • ‘But of course no policy can be written such that it allows for every possibility, not to mention that semiconductor manufacturing can sometimes be as much a black art as a science.’
    • ‘Its a combination of black art and number crunching.’
    • ‘Purveyors of the black art of public relations are not supposed to forget the cardinal rule - never become the story rather than the storyteller.’
    • ‘But credit scoring is a black art: the firm does not have to tell you how it has worked out your score, or why you might have been turned down for a low rate.’
    • ‘He also has no compulsion about using the black art of spin.’
    • ‘Compromise, the core of the political process, is regarded not as an art but as a black art.’
    • ‘Her has learned from his uncle the black art of doing the deal and has made a bob or two on the way.’
    • ‘Assessing CEO compensation is a bit of a black art.’
    • ‘The only valid lesson a dispassionate observer can make from the inclusion of that line in the movie is how skilled the director is at the black art of propaganda.’
    • ‘It is through this understanding that acoustics has evolved from a black art into an established field of engineering.’
    • ‘To those not familiar with the black arts of spin, a non-denial denial is a denial of something that wasn't said.’
    • ‘It therefore makes sense for a manufacturer to leave the black arts of selling to other companies and simply sell the technology.’
    • ‘As every journalist in the town knows, Lucky Louis is no stranger to the black arts of PR.’
    • ‘His hopes now rest on those black arts of rhetoric and presentation.’

Pronunciation

black art

/blak ärt/ /blæk ɑrt/