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blacken

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verb black·en \ˈbla-kən\

Simple Definition of blacken

  • : to make something dark or black or to become dark or black

  • : to hurt the reputation of (someone or something)

Full Definition of blacken

black·enedblack·en·ing play \ˈblak-niŋ, ˈbla-kə-\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to become dark or black <the sky blackens>

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to make black

  5. 2 :  defame, sully <blackened her reputation>

black·en·er play \ˈblak-nər, ˈbla-kə-\ noun

Examples of blacken

  1. Fire had blackened the field.

  2. The sky blackened as the storm approached.

  3. Their false accusations failed to blacken my reputation.

  4. a presidency blackened by scandal



14th Century

First Known Use of blacken

14th century

Rhymes with blacken



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