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blacken

[ blak-uhn ]
/ ˈblæk ən /
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verb (used with object)
to make black; darken.
to speak evil of; defame: to blacken a person's reputation.
verb (used without object)
to grow or become black.
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Origin of blacken

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at black, -en1

OTHER WORDS FROM blacken

black·en·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for blacken

blacken
/ (ˈblækən) /

verb
to make or become black or dirty
(tr) to defame; slander (esp in the phrase blacken someone's name)
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