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blackened

[blak-uh nd] /ˈblæk ənd/
adjective
1.
(especially of fish) coated with spices and sautéed quickly over high heat so that the outside chars.
Related forms
unblackened, adjective

blacken

[blak-uh n] /ˈblæk ən/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make black; darken.
2.
to speak evil of; defame:
to blacken a person's reputation.
verb (used without object)
3.
to grow or become black.
Origin of blacken
1250-1300
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at black, -en1
Related forms
blackener, noun
Synonyms
2. denigrate, smear, slander, villify, libel, traduce, calumniate.
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Examples from the Web for blackened
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  • The shop was built of rough boards, and the inside was blackened with soot.

  • My mind misgave me, for Calderon's name is blackened by many curses.

    Calderon The Courtier Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • There were the four blackened walls, and a rusted iron ring in one of them.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for blackened

blacken

/ˈblækən/
verb
1.
to make or become black or dirty
2.
(transitive) to defame; slander (esp in the phrase blacken someone's name)
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Word Origin and History for blackened

blacken

v.

c.1200, "become black or dark;" early 14c., "make black, darken, dye (hair);" see black + -en (1). Figurative sense of "to besmirch" (with dishonor, etc.) is from early 15c. Related: Blackened; blackening.

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