blackavised

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Etymology[edit]

From Scots blackaviced, blackavised, from black + euphonic -a- (perhaps after blackamoor) + French vis (face) +‎ -ed.

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blackavised (comparative more blackavised, superlative most blackavised)

  1. Dark-complexioned; swarthy
    • 1847, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre:
      I would advise her black a-viced suitor to look out.
    • 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, Penguin 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 652:
      They are black-avised as warlocks and wear their black cowls with formality and disdain.