Definition of Blacken

1. Verb. Make or become black. "The ceiling blackened"

Exact synonyms: Black, Melanise, Melanize, Nigrify
Generic synonyms: Color, Colour, Discolor, Discolour
Derivative terms: Black, Melanin
Antonyms: Whiten



2. Verb. Burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color. "The flames scorched the ceiling"
Exact synonyms: Char, Scorch, Sear
Category relationships: Cookery, Cooking, Preparation
Generic synonyms: Burn
Specialized synonyms: Singe, Swinge
Derivative terms: Scorch

Definition of Blacken

1. v. t. To make or render black.

2. v. i. To grow black or dark.

Definition of Blacken

1. Verb. To make black. ¹

2. Verb. To make dirty. ¹

3. Verb. To defame or sully. ¹

4. Verb. To cook (meat or fish) by coating with pepper, etc., and quickly searing in a hot pan. ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To become black. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Blacken

1. to make black [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: black

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Blacken

blackchins
blackcoat
blackcoats
blackcock
blackcocks
blackcurrant
blackcurrants
blackdamp
blackdamps
blacke-saint
blacke sanctus
blacke santis
blacke santus
blacke saunts
blacked
blacken (current term)
blacken out
blackened
blackener
blackeners
blackenest
blackeneth
blackening
blackenings
blackens
blacker
blackest
blackey
blackeye
blackeyed

Literary usage of Blacken

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Bulletin by Seventh-Day Adventists General Conference. Dept. of Education (1912)
"for the figure, and blacken with charcoal. Touch up the edges with chalk, and add the stars. (See Lesson 11, page 178.) Plate IV may be used for Lesson 24 ..."

2. Bulletin by Seventh-Day Adventists General Conference. Dept. of Education (1912)
"for the figure, and blacken with charcoal. Touch up the edges with chalk, and add the stars. (See Lesson 11, page 178.) Plate IV may be used for Lesson 24 ..."

3. The Law of Libel and Slander in Civil and Criminal Cases: As Administered in by Martin L. Newell (1898)
"Libels Tending to blacken the Memory of the Dead.— It is a misdemeanor at common law, punishable on indictment with fine and imprisonment, ..."

4. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"... tarnish, stigmatize (rare or literary), blot, blur, spot, cloud, blacken, darken, defile, foul, smirch, defame, asperse (rare), denigrate (rare), ..."

5. Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy by Royal Irish Academy (1841)
"Mr. Robert Mallet communicated a notice of the discovery of the property of the light emitted by incandescent coke to blacken photogenic paper; and proposed ..."

6. The Law of Libel and Slander in Civil and Criminal Cases: As Administered in by Martin L. Newell (1898)
"Libels Tending to blacken the Memory of the Dead.— It is a misdemeanor at common law, punishable on indictment with fine and imprisonment, ..."

7. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"... tarnish, stigmatize (rare or literary), blot, blur, spot, cloud, blacken, darken, defile, foul, smirch, defame, asperse (rare), denigrate (rare), ..."

8. Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy by Royal Irish Academy (1841)
"Mr. Robert Mallet communicated a notice of the discovery of the property of the light emitted by incandescent coke to blacken photogenic paper; and proposed ..."

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