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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BLACKEN

You shall tarnish the memory of our father and blacken the honor of our mother.

But already his swollen tongue was beginning to blacken in his mouth.

Blacken your face and fast really, that the Master of Life may have pity on you and me, and on us all.

I will not blacken any man's reputation to further my own interests.

A woman I was introduced to here in London once tried to blacken it.

I'll no let any one blacken the memory o' Thomas Macalister.

It will burn and blacken outside, which is of no consequence.

It is best not to use an iron point for this, as iron is apt to blacken the leather.

Why cannot they blacken their faces and lie in a corner with a crust of bread?

Tear me away, I say: the veins rise; they blacken; they are filling with new blood.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "become black or dark;" early 14c., "make black, darken, dye (hair);" see black + -en (1). Figurative sense of "to besmirch" (with dishonor, etc.) is from early 15c. Related: Blackened; blackening.

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