- (especially of fish) coated with spices and sautéed quickly over high heat so that the outside chars.
- to make black; darken.
- to speak evil of; defame: to blacken a person's reputation.
- to grow or become black.
Origin of blacken
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2. denigrate, smear, slander, villify, libel, traduce, calumniate.
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Examples from the Web for blackened
Blood and blackened remnants are caked on the bathroom floor.Who Is Behind Gaza's Mass Execution?
August 1, 2014
Eyebrows Cressida: Imagine eyebrows drawn on a balloon with a blackened cork.
The rear ramp dropped open, and Lance Cpl. Williams saw a blackened hull spouting flames 30 feet high.The Mental Health of Our Wounded Warriors: PTSD Isn't the Only Affliction
February 16, 2013
But inside the destroyed entrance, down the blackened hallways, through the blown-out doors, there is a room with a light on.Inside a Syrian Rebel City: FSA Restores Tentative Order to Al Bab
August 21, 2012
Which may be why we so want to see his blackened head, pulverized by taxpayer bullets.Osama bin Laden Died a Fool and Has No Legacy
May 6, 2011
The shop was built of rough boards, and the inside was blackened with soot.In the Midst of Alarms
My mind misgave me, for Calderon's name is blackened by many curses.Calderon The Courtier
There were the four blackened walls, and a rusted iron ring in one of them.A Tale of Two Cities
The face of the dead man was distorted and blackened by the agony of strangulation.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
The Captain's face was blackened, and his clothes were scorched, but his spirit was undaunted.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
- to make or become black or dirty
- (tr) to defame; slander (esp in the phrase blacken someone's name)
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Word Origin and History for blackened
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