- to make black; darken.
- to speak evil of; defame: to blacken a person's reputation.
- to grow or become black.
Origin of blacken
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Related Words for blackenblot, smudge, tarnish, sully, stain, soil, befoul, shade, deepen, cloud, begrime, ink, ebonize, defile, decry, traduce, knock, slur, blotch, malign
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Historical Examples of blacken
You shall tarnish the memory of our father and blacken the honor of our mother.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
But already his swollen tongue was beginning to blacken in his mouth.Bloom of Cactus
Robert Ames Bennet
Blacken your face and fast really, that the Master of Life may have pity on you and me, and on us all.Old Mackinaw
W. P. Strickland.
I will not blacken any man's reputation to further my own interests.
A woman I was introduced to here in London once tried to blacken it.
- to make or become black or dirty
- (tr) to defame; slander (esp in the phrase blacken someone's name)