One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘you use it to blacken your hair’
make black, black, darken, make dark, make darker
dirty, make dirty, make sooty, make smoky, stain, grime, begrime, befoul, soil
2‘the sky blackened’
become black, grow black, darken, dim, grow dim, cloud over
3‘she won't thank you for blackening her husband's name’
sully, tarnish, blot, besmirch, drag through the mire, drag through the mud, stain, taint, smear, smudge, befoul, soil, contaminate, pollute, disgrace, dishonour, bring discredit to, injure, damage, spoil
slander, defame, traduce
literary besmear, smirch
archaic spot, breathe on
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