Definition of blacken in English:

blacken

Syllabification: black·en
Pronunciation: /ˈblakən
 
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verb

1Become or make black or dark, especially as a result of burning, decay, or bruising: [no object]: he set fire to the paper, watching the end blacken as it burned [with object]: she blackened George’s eye before he knew what had happened (as adjective blackened) her smile revealed blackened teeth
More example sentences
  • He smiled slowly at her expression, revealing blackened teeth.
  • Kels asked him, smiling to reveal a row of soot blackened teeth.
  • Walking along the wet roads, empty apart from small gaggles of students, past big buildings of dark grey stone blackened by rain.
Synonyms
black, darken; dirty, make sooty, make smoky, stain, grime, soilgrow/become black, darken, dim, grow dim, cloud over
1.1 [with object] Dye or color (the face or hair) black for camouflage or cosmetic effect: in full combat gear with blackened faces
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  • Young girls blackened their faces and hobbled like cripples to avoid molestation but it made no difference.
  • He then proceeded to blacken his face entirely while trying to remember the words to the song.
  • Children also used to blacken their faces, as Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators might have done.
1.2 [with object] Damage or destroy (someone’s good reputation); defame: she won’t thank you for blackening her husband’s name
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  • How much is this further blackening the reputation of the media?
  • A Yorkshire historian is calling on the Queen to help to clear Richard III of the double child murder which has blackened his reputation for more than 500 years.
  • Yet on so little they had blackened a man's reputation.
Synonyms
sully, tarnish, besmirch, drag through the mud/mire, stain, taint, smear, disgrace, dishonor, bring discredit to, damage, ruin; slander, defame

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