blacken blacken  /b ˈlæ kən/


  1. (v) make or become black
  2. (v) burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color


  1. He hopes to keep the wife and son he left behind from harsh treatment, gambling that Pyongyang will hesitate to further blacken its international image once his story is public.
  2. But once out of sight, the Arab group stopped to blacken their faces with charcoal or put on hoods, and pull weapons out of their bags.
  3. And emotionally, it will blacken your days with irritability and all-consuming depression.


  • Flames blacken Argonne Road hillside

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash.--A wildfire north of Spokane Valley charred .25 acres Monday afternoon. Fire crews were called to the scene along Argonne Road around 1:00 p.m. Flames blackened a hillside. Firefighters managed to contain the flames by 2:10 p.m. “It was moving a little quicker than typically what we see in June, in early year,” said Lt. Nathan Jeffries with Spokane County Fire District 9 ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Spokane


  1. Pellicano responds, "That's why I want to blacken this girl up, totally. I want to make her out to be a lying, scumbag, manipulative [bleep] ...... stupid [bleep]."
    on Apr 4, 2008 By: Anthony Pellicano Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  2. In an interview to the Mumbai Mirror, Bachchan says, "I am not leaving this city and going anywhere. Let them burn my effigies and conduct morchas in front of my house. Let them blacken my film posters and stop screening of my films. Let them attack...
    on Apr 8, 2008 By: Amitabh Bachchan Source:

  3. Speaking about the attack on her at Hyderabad, Taslima said "I had seen demonstrations against me in India. I have heard people issuing fatwas for beheading me and to blacken my face. But this was the first time here that I saw some people trying to...
    on Aug 18, 2007 By: Taslima Nasreen Source: Hindu

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