To make dark or darker by reducing light.
* Bible, Exodus x. 15
To become dark or darker (having less light).
To make dark or darker in colour.
To become dark or darker in colour.
To render gloomy, darker in mood
- They [locusts] covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened .
To become gloomy, darker in mood
To blind, impair eyesight
* Bible, Rom xi. 10
- With these forced thoughts, I prithee, darken not / The mirth of the feast.
To be blinded, loose clear vision
To cloud, obscure, or perplex; to render less clear or intelligible.
* Bible, Job xxxviii. 2
- Let their eyes be darkened , that they may not see.
* Francis Bacon
- Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
To make foul; to sully; to tarnish.
- Such was his wisdom that his confidence did seldom darken his foresight.
- I must not think there are / Evils enough to darken all his goodness.
* darken someone's door
To make dim; to obscure or darken.
* 1843 , '', book 4, chapter VII, ''Tha Gifted :
* 1905 , , Ann Wilson Hastings, Edward Hastings, The Expository times: Volume 16 :
- Read in thy New Testament and elsewhere, — if, with floods of mealymouthed inanity, with miserable froth-vortices of Cant now several centuries old, thy New Testament is not all bedimmed for thee.
* 1818 , , volume 3, chapter 7:
- There will be no folly, nor laughter, nor bedimming of truth [...]
- Often, when all was dry, the heavens cloudless, and I was parched by thirst, a slight cloud would bedim the sky, shed the few drops that revived me, and vanish.