Black·en v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blackened p. pr. & vb. n. Blackening.]
1. To make or render black.
While the long funerals blacken all the way. --Pope.
2. To make dark; to darken; to cloud. “Blackened the whole heavens.”
3. To defame; to sully, as reputation; to make infamous; as, vice blackens the character.
Syn: -- To denigrate; defame; vilify; slander; calumniate; traduce; malign; asperse.
Black·en, v. i. To grow black or dark.
v 1: make or become black; "The smoke blackened the ceiling";
"The ceiling blackened" [syn: melanize, melanise, nigrify,
black] [ant: 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, scorch]