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black·en

 (blăk′ən)
v. black·ened, black·en·ing, black·ens
v.tr.
1. To make black.
2. To sully or defame: a scandal that blackened the mayor's name.
3. To coat (fish or meat, for example) with pepper and other spices and then quickly sear in a very hot skillet, thereby producing meat that is black on the outside but tender on the inside.
v.intr.
To become dark or black: The day blackened into night.

black′en·er n.

blacken

(ˈblækən)
vb
1. to make or become black or dirty
2. (tr) to defame; slander (esp in the phrase blacken someone's name)

black•en

(ˈblæk ən)
v.t.
1. to make black; darken.
2. to defame; slander.
v.i.
3. to become black.
[1250–1300]
black′en•er, n.

blacken


Past participle: blackened
Gerund: blackening

Imperative
blacken
blacken
Present
I blacken
you blacken
he/she/it blackens
we blacken
you blacken
they blacken
Preterite
I blackened
you blackened
he/she/it blackened
we blackened
you blackened
they blackened
Present Continuous
I am blackening
you are blackening
he/she/it is blackening
we are blackening
you are blackening
they are blackening
Present Perfect
I have blackened
you have blackened
he/she/it has blackened
we have blackened
you have blackened
they have blackened
Past Continuous
I was blackening
you were blackening
he/she/it was blackening
we were blackening
you were blackening
they were blackening
Past Perfect
I had blackened
you had blackened
he/she/it had blackened
we had blackened
you had blackened
they had blackened
Future
I will blacken
you will blacken
he/she/it will blacken
we will blacken
you will blacken
they will blacken
Future Perfect
I will have blackened
you will have blackened
he/she/it will have blackened
we will have blackened
you will have blackened
they will have blackened
Future Continuous
I will be blackening
you will be blackening
he/she/it will be blackening
we will be blackening
you will be blackening
they will be blackening
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been blackening
you have been blackening
he/she/it has been blackening
we have been blackening
you have been blackening
they have been blackening
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been blackening
you will have been blackening
he/she/it will have been blackening
we will have been blackening
you will have been blackening
they will have been blackening
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been blackening
you had been blackening
he/she/it had been blackening
we had been blackening
you had been blackening
they had been blackening
Conditional
I would blacken
you would blacken
he/she/it would blacken
we would blacken
you would blacken
they would blacken
Past Conditional
I would have blackened
you would have blackened
he/she/it would have blackened
we would have blackened
you would have blackened
they would have blackened
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.blacken - make or become blackblacken - make or become black; "The smoke blackened the ceiling"; "The ceiling blackened"
discolour, discolor, color, colour - change color, often in an undesired manner; "The shirts discolored"
white, whiten - turn white; "This detergent will whiten your laundry"
2.blacken - burn slightly and superficially so as to affect colorblacken - 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"
cookery, cooking, preparation - the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat; "cooking can be a great art"; "people are needed who have experience in cookery"; "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"
burn - burn with heat, fire, or radiation; "The iron burnt a hole in my dress"
singe, swinge - burn superficially or lightly; "I singed my eyebrows"

blacken

verb
1. darken, dim, deepen, grow black, grow dim He watched the blackening clouds move in.
2. make dark, shadow, shade, obscure, overshadow, make darker, make dim The smoke blackened the sky like the apocalypse.
3. discredit, stain, disgrace, smear, knock (informal), degrade, rubbish (informal), taint, tarnish, censure, slur, slag (off) (slang), malign, reproach, denigrate, disparage, decry, vilify, slander, sully, dishonour, defile, defame, bad-mouth (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), traduce, bring into disrepute, smirch, calumniate They're trying to blacken our name.

blacken

verb
2. To contaminate the reputation of:
Idioms: give a black eye to, sling mud on.
Translations
يَذِمُّ، يُشَوِّهُ السُّمْعَهيسوَد ، يَكْفَهِرُّيَصْقُلُ الحِذاءَ بِدِهان أسْوَد
očernitpošpinitpotemnitvyleštit černým krémemzatáhnout se
bagtaleblive sortpudsesværte
feketére festmegfeketedik
fægja, pússasortnasverta
sčernieťstemnieťvyleštiť čiernym krémom
kara çalmakkaralamakkarar maklekelemeksiyaha boyamak

blacken

[ˈblækən]
A. VT
1.ennegrecer; (by fire) → calcinar; [+ face] → tiznar de negro
2. (fig) [+ reputation] → manchar
B. VIennegrecerse

blacken

[ˈblækən] vt
[+ sky, wall, teeth] → noircir
[+ name, reputation, image] → ternir
to blacken sb's name → calomnier qnblack eye nœil m au beurre noir
to have a black eye → avoir un œil poché, avoir un œil au beurre noir
to give sb a black eye → pocher l'œil à qn, faire un œil au beurre noir à qn

blacken

vt
(= make black)schwarz machen; one’s faceschwarz anmalen; the walls were blackened by the firedie Wände waren vom Feuer schwarz
(fig) characterverunglimpfen; to blacken somebody’s name or reputationjdn schlechtmachen

blacken

[ˈblækn]
1. viannerirsi; (sky) → oscurarsi
2. vtannerire (fig) (reputation) → macchiare

black

(blӕk) adjective
1. of the colour in which these words are printed. black paint.
2. without light. a black night; The night was black and starless.
3. dirty. Your hands are black!; black hands from lifting coal.
4. without milk. black coffee.
5. evil. black magic.
6. (often offensive. currently acceptable in the United States, South Africa etc) Negro, of African, West Indian descent.
7. (especially South Africa) coloured; of mixed descent (increasingly used by people of mixed descent to refer to themselves).
noun
1. the colour in which these words are printed. Black and white are opposites.
2. something (eg paint) black in colour. I've used up all the black.
3. (often with capital. often offensive: currently acceptable in the United states, South Africa etc) a Negro; a person of African, West Indian etc descent.
verb
to make black.
ˈblackness noun
ˈblacken verb
1. to make or become black. The sky blackened before the storm.
2. to make to seem bad. She blackened his character.
3. to clean with black polish. He blackened his boots.
black art/magic
magic performed for evil reasons. He tries to practise black magic.
ˈblackbird noun
a dark-coloured bird of the thrush family.
ˈblackboard noun
a dark-coloured board for writing on in chalk (used especially in schools).
black box
a built-in machine for automatic recording of the details of a plane's flight. They found the black box two miles away from the wreckage of the crashed plane.
the Black Death noun
the plague that killed large numbers of people in Europe in the 14th to 18th centuries.
black eye
an eye with bad bruising around it (eg from a punch). George gave me a black eye.
ˈblackhead noun
a small black-topped lump in a pore of the skin, especially of the face.
ˈblacklist noun
a list of people who are out of favour etc.
verb
to put (a person etc) on such a list.
ˈblackmail verb
to obtain money illegally from (a person), usually by threatening to make known something which the victim wants to keep secret.
noun
the act of blackmailing. money got by blackmail.
ˈblackmailer noun
Black Maria (məˈraiə)
a prison van. The policeman took the three suspects to the police station in a Black Maria.
black market
(a place for) the illegal buying and selling, at high prices, of goods that are scarce, rationed etc. coffee on the black market.
black marketeer
a person who sells goods on the black market.
ˈblackout noun
1. a period of darkness produced by putting out all lights. Accidents increase during a blackout.
2. a ban (on news etc). a blackout of news about the coup.
3. a period of unconsciousness. He has had several blackouts during his illness.
4. a brief, temporary loss of memory, as when an actor forgets his/her lines.
5. (also outage) a period of a general power failure.
6. (in the theatre) the putting out of the stage lights at the end of a scene etc.
black sheep
a member of a family or group who is unsatisfactory in some way. My brother is the black sheep of the family.
ˈblacksmith noun
a person who makes and repairs by hand things made of iron. The blacksmith made a new shoe for the horse.
black and blue
badly bruised. After the fight the boy was all black and blue.
black out
to lose consciousness. He blacked out for almost a minute.
in black and white
in writing or print. Would you put that down in black and white?
References in classic literature ?
For a little while I watched that distant cloud spread and blacken, then I judged it was time for me to appear.
All on a sudden some night it will come wailing in the wind outside your window, and you must blacken your heart and harden your face with another strangling grip of its slim appealing throat, another blow upon its angel eyes.
Yes, which made fools laugh, which caused the minister to have a sleepless night, which has caused the minister's secretaries to blacken several sheets of paper, but which has cost me 700,000 francs.
All Meryton seemed striving to blacken the man who, but three months before, had been almost an angel of light.
Clark, "that a man so given to prayer, of such a blameless example, holy in deed and thought, so far as mortal judgment may pronounce; is it fitting that a father in the church should leave a shadow on his memory, that may seem to blacken a life so pure?