The DICT Development Group

Search for:
Search type:

Database copyright information
Server information

4 definitions found
 for blacken
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Blacken \Black"en\, v. i.
     To grow black or dark.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Blacken \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.
        [1913 Webster]
              While the long funerals blacken all the way. --Pope.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. To make dark; to darken; to cloud. "Blackened the whole
        heavens." --South.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. To defame; to sully, as reputation; to make infamous; as,
        vice blackens the character.
        [1913 Webster]
     Syn: To denigrate; defame; vilify; slander; calumniate;
          traduce; malign; asperse.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: make or become black; "The smoke blackened the ceiling";
           "The ceiling blackened" [syn: blacken, melanize,
           melanise, nigrify, black] [ant: white, whiten]
      2: 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" [syn: char, blacken, sear, scorch]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  124 Moby Thesaurus words for "blacken":
     abuse, asperse, attaint, bark at, becloud, bedarken, bedaub, bedim,
     begloom, begrime, berate, besmear, besmirch, besmoke, besmutch,
     besoil, bespatter, bestain, betongue, black, black out, blackwash,
     block the light, blot, blot out, blotch, blow upon, blur, brand,
     brown, call names, cast a shadow, cast aspersions on, censure,
     charcoal, cloud, cloud over, cork, darken, darken over, daub,
     defame, defile, denigrate, dim, dim out, dinge, dirty, disapprove,
     discolor, discredit, disparage, ebonize, eclipse, encloud,
     encompass with shadow, engage in personalities, execrate, expose,
     expose to infamy, fulminate against, gibbet, gloom, hang in effigy,
     heap dirt upon, ink, jaw, libel, load with reproaches, malign,
     mark, melanize, muckrake, murk, nigrify, obfuscate, obnubilate,
     obscure, obumbrate, occult, occultate, overcast, overcloud,
     overshadow, oversmoke, pillory, rag, rail at, rate, rave against,
     reprimand, revile, scorch, sear, shade, shadow, singe, slander,
     slubber, slur, smear, smirch, smoke, smouch, smudge, smut, smutch,
     soil, somber, soot, spot, stain, stigmatize, sully, taint, tarnish,
     throw mud at, thunder against, tongue-lash, traduce, vilify,
     vituperate, yell at, yelp at

Contact=webmaster@dict.org Specification=RFC 2229