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darken

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of darken

  1. 1 to take on a gloomy or forbidding look <his face slowly darkened as we told him the sad news> Synonyms gloom, glower, lower (also lour) Related Words frown, scowl; glare, stare; brood, mope, pet, pout, sulk; anger, bristle, fume, rage, steam, storm; intimidate, menace, threaten Antonyms brighten, cheer (up), lighten, perk (up)

  2. 2 to grow dark <the sky darkened as a storm moved in> Synonyms blacken, black out, close in, dusk Related Words dim, fade, wane; gloom, lower (also lour) Near Antonyms dawn; beam, glow, radiate, shine Antonyms brighten, light, lighten

  3. 3 to make dark, dim, or indistinct <years of accumulated grime have darkened the painting until it can barely be seen> Synonyms becloud, bedim, befog, blacken, blear, blur, cloud, dim, dislimn, fog, fuzz (up), haze, mist, obscure, overcast, overcloud, overshadow, shadow, shroudRelated Words adumbrate, blot out, conceal, eclipse, hide, obliterate, screen, shade; camouflage, cloak, cover, curtain, disguise, mask, veilNear Antonyms expose, reveal, uncover, unveilAntonyms brighten, illuminate, illumine, light (up), lighten

  4. 4 to affect slightly with something morally bad or undesirable <posthumous revelations of marital infidelity have darkened the President's reputation somewhat> Synonyms blemish, taint, mar, poison, spoil, stain, tarnish, touch, vitiateRelated Words begrime, besmear, besmirch, blacken, blur, cloud, dirty, discolor, pollute, smear, smirch, smudge, smut, soil, sully, tar; abase, cheapen, debase, degrade, demean, discredit, disgrace, dishonor, foul, lower, shame, sink; bastardize, corrupt, debauch, demoralize, deprave, pervert, subvert; color, distort, twistNear Antonyms cleanse, purify; dignify, elevate, ennoble, enshrine, glorify, hallow, magnify, uplift




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