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blacken

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1 to make dirty
  • blackened the towels with their dirty hands

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2 to make untrue and harmful statements about
  • the politician maliciously blackened his opponent's reputation

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3 to make dark, dim, or indistinct
  • thick smoke from the forest fires blackened the sky for many miles

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4 to grow dark
  • the auditorium blackened suddenly, and a spotlighted performer appeared alone on stage

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“Blacken.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/blacken. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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