Darken vs Darkey - What's the difference?

darken | darkey |

As a verb darken

is to make dark or darker by reducing light.

As a noun darkey is

(slang|offensive|ethnic slur) a person with dark skin.

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(en verb)
  • To make dark or darker by reducing light.
  • * Bible, Exodus x. 15
  • They [locusts] covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened .
  • 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
  • * Shakespeare
  • With these forced thoughts, I prithee, darken not / The mirth of the feast.
  • To become gloomy, darker in mood
  • To blind, impair eyesight
  • * Bible, Rom xi. 10
  • Let their eyes be darkened , that they may not see.
  • To be blinded, loose clear vision
  • To cloud, obscure, or perplex; to render less clear or intelligible.
  • * Bible, Job xxxviii. 2
  • Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
  • * Francis Bacon
  • Such was his wisdom that his confidence did seldom darken his foresight.
  • To make foul; to sully; to tarnish.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I must not think there are / Evils enough to darken all his goodness.



    Derived terms

    * darkener * darken someone's door


    * blacken


    * * * * * English ergative verbs



    Alternative forms

    * darky, darkie


    (en noun)
  • (slang, offensive, ethnic slur) A person with dark skin.
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