blacken

blacken

[blak-uhn]
verb (used with object)
1.
to make black; darken.
2.
to speak evil of; defame: to blacken a person's reputation.
verb (used without object)
3.
to grow or become black.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English; see black, -en1

blackener, noun


2. denigrate, smear, slander, villify, libel, traduce, calumniate.
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blacken (ˈblækən)
 
vb
1.  to make or become black or dirty
2.  (tr) to defame; slander (esp in the phrase blacken someone's name)

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