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 Black Acts.Black Assize. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Black Art.
 
The art practised by conjurors, wizards, and others, who professed to have dealings with the devil. Black here means diabolical or wicked. Some derive it from nigromancy, a corruption of necromancy.   1
 


 Black Acts.Black Assize. 

 
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