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blacken

black·en

blacken

 
pronunciation:
blae kihn
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: blackened, blackening, blackens
definition 1: to make black; make dark.
synonyms:
black, darken
antonyms:
brighten, lighten, whiten
similar words:
charcoal, dim, dye, eclipse, ink, obfuscate, obscure, shade, shadow, smoke, soot
definition 2: to defame; soil.
His comments blackened her reputation.
synonyms:
besmirch, defame, defile, denigrate, malign, slander, soil, stain, sully, tarnish, vilify
antonyms:
clear
similar words:
asperse, begrime, dishonor, foul, impugn, libel, revile, smear, smudge, soot, taint
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to become black.
synonyms:
black
antonyms:
whiten
similar words:
darken, dim
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derivation: blackener (n.)
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