Thesaurus

darkens

verb
present tense third-person singular of darken

Synonyms & Antonyms of darkens

1 to take on a gloomy or forbidding look
  • his face slowly darkened as we told him the sad news

Synonyms for darkens

Words Related to darkens

Antonyms for darkens

2 to grow dark
  • the sky darkened as a storm moved in

Synonyms for darkens

Words Related to darkens

Near Antonyms for darkens

Antonyms for darkens

3 to make dark, dim, or indistinct
  • years of accumulated grime have darkened the painting until it can barely be seen

Synonyms for darkens

Words Related to darkens

Near Antonyms for darkens

Antonyms for darkens

4 to affect slightly with something morally bad or undesirable
  • the scandal darkened his otherwise sterling reputation

Synonyms for darkens

Words Related to darkens

Near Antonyms for darkens

See the Dictionary Definition 

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about darkens

Cite this Entry

“Darkens.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/darkens. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

More from Merriam-Webster on darkens

Nglish: Translation of darkens for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of darkens for Arabic Speakers

Comments on darkens

What made you want to look up darkens? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!