Darken Dark"en (d[aum]rk"'n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Darkened} (-'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Darkening} (-n*[i^]ng).] [AS. deorcian. See {Dark}, a.] 1. To make dark or black; to deprive of light; to obscure; as, a darkened room. [1913 Webster]

They [locusts] covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened. --Ex. x. 15. [1913 Webster]

So spake the Sovran Voice; and clouds began To darken all the hill. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. To render dim; to deprive of vision. [1913 Webster]

Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see. --Rom. xi. 10. [1913 Webster]

3. To cloud, obscure, or perplex; to render less clear or intelligible. [1913 Webster]

Such was his wisdom that his confidence did seldom darkenhis foresight. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? --Job. xxxviii. 2. [1913 Webster]

4. To cast a gloom upon. [1913 Webster]

With these forced thoughts, I prithee, darken not The mirth of the feast. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. To make foul; to sully; to tarnish. [1913 Webster]

I must not think there are Evils enough to darken all his goodness. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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