Complete Definition of "blacken"

English

Pronunciation
audio|en-us-blacken.ogg|Audio (US)

Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-ækÉn|-ækÉn

Etymology
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Verb
en-verb

  1. To make black.
  2. To make dirty.
  3. To defame or sully.

#:Malice delights to blacken the characters of prominent men. — Napoleon Bonaparte

  1. To cook (meat or fish) by coating with pepper, etc., and quickly searing in a hot pan.
  2. intransitiveTo become black.

#:The sky blackened as the storm clouds rolled in.

Synonyms

(make black): black, denigrate
(make dirty): dirty, soil
(defame): defame, denigrate, sully, taint, tarnish

Translations

trans-top|make black
Finnish: mustata
French: noircir
Hebrew: ××ש××ר (le'hashkhyr)
Italian: annerire
Sumerian: salamu
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trans-top|make dirty
French: souiller
Italian: sporcare
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trans-top|defame, sully
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trans-top|cook by coating with pepper and quickly searing
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trans-top|become black
French: noircir
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Category:English ergative verbs

fa:blacken
fr:blacken
fi:blacken
sv:blacken
te:blacken
vi:blacken
zh:blacken

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