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Meaning of BLACKEN

Pronunciation:  'blakun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  make or become black; "The smoke blackened the ceiling"; "The ceiling blackened"
  2. [v]  burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color; "The cook blackened the chicken breast"; "The fire charred the ceiling above the mantelpiece"; "the flames scorched the ceiling"

BLACKEN is a 7 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: black, char, melanise, melanize, nigrify, scorch
 Antonyms: white, whiten
 See Also: burn, color, colour, discolor, discolour, singe, swinge



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Black"en\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Blackened}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Blackening}.] [See {Black}, a., and cf. {Black}, v.
    t. ]
    1. To make or render black.
             While the long funerals blacken all the way. --Pope.
    2. To make dark; to darken; to cloud. ``Blackened the whole
       heavens.'' --South.
    3. To defame; to sully, as reputation; to make infamous; as,
       vice blackens the character.
    Syn: To denigrate; defame; vilify; slander; calumniate;
         traduce; malign; asperse.
  2. \Black"en\, v. i.
    To grow black or dark.
Thesaurus Terms
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