blacken

  • 1 Blacken — Black en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Blackened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Blackening}.] [See {Black}, a., and cf. {Black}, v. t. ] 1. To make or render black. [1913 Webster] While the long funerals blacken all the way. Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. To make dark; to… …

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  • 2 blacken — [v1] darken befoul, begrime, blot, cloud, deepen, ebonize, grow dark, grow dim, ink, make dark, shade, smudge, soil; concept 250 Ant. bleach, lighten, whiten blacken [v2] malign; smear asperse, attack, bad mouth*, blot, blotch, calumniate, decry …

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  • 3 blacken — [blak′ən] vi. [ME blaknen < blak, BLACK] to become black or dark vt. 1. to make black; darken 2. to hurt or damage by slander, libel, etc. [to blacken a reputation] blackener n …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 Blacken — Black en, v. i. To grow black or dark. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5 blacken — index brand (stigmatize), deface, defame, denigrate, denounce (condemn), derogate, disgrace …

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  • 6 Blacken — Blacken, fjord i den vestlige del af den svenske sø Mälaren …

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  • 7 blacken — (v.) c.1200, become black or dark; early 14c., make black, darken, dye (hair); see BLACK (Cf. black) + EN (Cf. en) (1). Figurative sense of to besmirch (with dishonor, etc.) is from early 15c. Related: Blackened; blackening …

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  • 8 blacken — ► VERB 1) become or make black or dark. 2) damage or destroy (someone s reputation) …

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  • 9 blacken — [[t]blæ̱kən[/t]] blackens, blackening, blackened 1) V ERG To blacken something means to make it black or very dark in colour. [V n] The married women of Shitamachi maintained the custom of blackening their teeth... You need to grill the tomatoes… …

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  • 10 blacken — UK [ˈblækən] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms blacken : present tense I/you/we/they blacken he/she/it blackens present participle blackening past tense blackened past participle blackened to become black, or to make something become …

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  • 11 blacken — black, blacken verbs. Black is used when the meaning is to deliberately make something black, as in blacking one s face, one s shoes, a person s eye, etc., in the meaning to declare something ‘black’ (i.e. to boycott it), and in the phrasal verb… …

    Modern English usage

  • 12 blacken — blackener, n. /blak euhn/, v.t. 1. to make black; darken. 2. to speak evil of; defame: to blacken a person s reputation. v.i. 3. to grow or become black. [1250 1300; ME; see BLACK, EN1] Syn. 2. denigrate, smear, slander, villify, libel, traduce,… …

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  • 13 blacken — verb a) To make black. Malice delights to blacken the characters of prominent men. mdash; Napoleon Bonaparte b) To make dirty. The sky blackened as the storm clouds rolled in. Syn: black, denigrate, dirty, soil …

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  • 14 blacken — verb Blacken is used with these nouns as the object: ↑name …

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  • 15 blacken — black|en [ˈblækən] v 1.) [I and T] to become black, or make something black ▪ The thunder became louder and the sky blackened. 2.) blacken sb s name/character/reputation to say unpleasant things about someone in order to make other people have a… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 blacken — black|en [ blækən ] verb intransitive or transitive to become black, or to make something become black: A mass of seagulls blackened the sky. The walls were blackened by decades of soot. blacken someone s reputation/name/character to do or say… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 blacken — verb 1 (I, T) to become black, or make something black: Smoke had blackened the ceiling of the room. 2 blacken sb s name/character/reputation etc to say unpleasant things about someone in order to make other people have a bad opinion of them …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 blacken — [ˈblækən] verb [I/T] to become black, or to make something black • blacken sb s reputation/name/character to say things in order to harm someone s reputation[/ex] …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 19 blacken — v. 1 tr. & intr. make or become black or dark. 2 tr. speak evil of, defame (blacken someone s character) …

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  • 20 blacken — verb (blackened; blackening) Date: 14th century intransitive verb to become dark or black < the sky blackens > transitive verb 1. to make black 2. defame, sully < blackened her reputat …

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