Definition Of blacken


become or make black or dark, especially as a result of burning, decay, or bruising.

he set fire to the paper, watching the end blacken as it burned

Example Of blacken

  • 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.

  • Although their faces were pixillated the family believe their names have been blackened by the arrests.

  • And they did a superb job of smearing them - his character has been totally blackened , and so has hers, to a degree.

  • But a lot of innocent people had their names blackened and their careers damaged during the hunt.

  • Children also used to blacken their faces, as Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators might have done.

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