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Darken, 1) to make dark: “by --ing my clear sun,” H8 I, 1, 226. Figuratively, a) to obscure: “their blaze shall d. him for ever,” Cor. II, 1, 275. “you are --ed in this action,” IV, 7, 5. “gain which --s him,” Ant. III, 1, 24. -- b) to sully, to foul: lend it not (thy light) “to d. her whose light excelleth thine,” Lucr. 191. “--ing thy power to lend base subjects light,” Sonn. 100, 4. “evils enough to d. all his goodness,” Ant. I, 4, 11. careless heirs may the two latter (nobleness and riches) “d. and expend,” Per. III, 2, 29. -- c) to make gloomy: “d. not the mirth of the feast,” Wint. IV, 4, 41. -- d) to deprive of intellectual vision: “if your knowledge be more, it is much --ed in your malice,” Meas. III, 2, 157.
2) to grow dark: “with the vail and --ing of the sun,” Troil. V, 8, 7 (Ff darking).
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