(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. besmirch; smudge; malign, slander. See color, detraction.
(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To make black]
Syn. darken, nigrify, make black, begrime; see dirty , shade 2 .
2. [To smirch]
Syn. sully, tarnish, attack; see slander .
3. [To become black]
Syn. grow black, grow dark, dim, deepen; see shade 3 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
1. darken smudge, black, begrime.
2. defame slander, smear, tarnish, drag through the mud, *knock, libel, *badmouth.
ANT.: 1. lighten, brighten. 2. glorify, honor, respect
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To make dirty: befoul, begrime, besmirch, besoil, black, defile, dirty, smudge, smutch, soil, sully. See CLEAN. 2. To contaminate the reputation of: befoul, besmear, besmirch, bespatter, cloud, denigrate, dirty, smear, smudge, smut, soil, spatter, stain, sully, taint, tarnish. Idioms: give a black eye to, sling (or throw) mud on. See ATTACK, CLEAN.

English dictionary for students. 2013.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blacken — [v1] darken befoul, begrime, blot, cloud, deepen, ebonize, grow dark, grow dim, ink, make dark, shade, smudge, soil; concept 250 Ant. bleach, lighten, whiten blacken [v2] malign; smear asperse, attack, bad mouth*, blot, blotch, calumniate, decry …   New thesaurus

  • blacken — [blak′ən] vi. [ME blaknen < blak, BLACK] to become black or dark vt. 1. to make black; darken 2. to hurt or damage by slander, libel, etc. [to blacken a reputation] blackener n …   English World dictionary

  • Blacken — Black en, v. i. To grow black or dark. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blacken — index brand (stigmatize), deface, defame, denigrate, denounce (condemn), derogate, disgrace …   Law dictionary

  • Blacken — Blacken, fjord i den vestlige del af den svenske sø Mälaren …   Danske encyklopædi

  • blacken — (v.) c.1200, become black or dark; early 14c., make black, darken, dye (hair); see BLACK (Cf. black) + EN (Cf. en) (1). Figurative sense of to besmirch (with dishonor, etc.) is from early 15c. Related: Blackened; blackening …   Etymology dictionary

  • blacken — ► VERB 1) become or make black or dark. 2) damage or destroy (someone s reputation) …   English terms dictionary

  • blacken — [[t]blæ̱kən[/t]] blackens, blackening, blackened 1) V ERG To blacken something means to make it black or very dark in colour. [V n] The married women of Shitamachi maintained the custom of blackening their teeth... You need to grill the tomatoes… …   English dictionary

  • blacken — UK [ˈblækən] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms blacken : present tense I/you/we/they blacken he/she/it blackens present participle blackening past tense blackened past participle blackened to become black, or to make something become …   English dictionary

  • blacken — black, blacken verbs. Black is used when the meaning is to deliberately make something black, as in blacking one s face, one s shoes, a person s eye, etc., in the meaning to declare something ‘black’ (i.e. to boycott it), and in the phrasal verb… …   Modern English usage

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.