verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- blackett, patrick maynard stuart,
Origin of blacken
Examples from the Web for blacken
In Fiji the natives, when they go fishing, blacken their faces.
He had sought to calumniate and blacken his Excellency by saying that he aspired to the sovereignty of the Provinces.The Life of John of Barneveld, 1614-23, Volume II.|John Lothrop Motley
In living rooms they do not foul the air or blacken the ceiling like oil or gas burners.The Romance of Modern Invention|Archibald Williams
So one of his apprentices was employed to blacken over with ink all the copies then remaining unsold.A History of the Cries of London|Charles Hindley
She unscrewed the gas-jets, turned on the gas full force so as to blacken the white-painted ceiling.Hungry Hearts|Anzia Yezierska
c.1200, "become black or dark;" early 14c., "make black, darken, dye (hair);" see black + -en (1). Figurative sense of "to besmirch" (with dishonor, etc.) is from early 15c. Related: Blackened; blackening.