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nigrify

[ nig-ruh-fahy ]
/ ˈnɪg rəˌfaɪ /
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verb (used with object), nig·ri·fied, nig·ri·fy·ing.

to blacken.

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Origin of nigrify

First recorded 1650–60; from Latin nigrificāre “to make black, blacken,” equivalent to nigr- (stem of niger ) “black” + -i- connecting vowel + -ficāre verbal suffix; see -i-, -fy

OTHER WORDS FROM nigrify

nig·ri·fi·ca·tion, noun
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