Definition of blacken
- the sky blackens
Fire had blackened the field.
The sky blackened as the storm approached.
Their false accusations failed to blacken my reputation.
a presidency blackened by scandal
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: to make something dark or black or to become dark or black
: to hurt the reputation of (someone or something)
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to lower or disgrace the reputation of
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