to make black; darken.
to speak evil of; defame: to blacken a person's reputation.
to grow or become black.
- black·en·er, noun
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How to use blacken in a sentence
They rebuilt a simple, one-room cabin on the blackened site.At Glacier’s Edge, the Flames Have Always Come for My Family Cabin | jversteegh | August 20, 2021 | Outside Online
He was notably plump for a small reptile, and the end of his tail was missing, blackened.I Thought I Was a Lifelong New Yorker, but Found Happiness in Reno | Svati Narula | August 12, 2021 | Outside Online
A sweet choice is great for lending a sugary punch to a savory bun or a heavily salted piece of meat, or to offset a spicy or heavily seasoned dish like jerk wings or blackened salmon.
Turn them regularly until charred all over and tender, then allow to cool enough so you can peel off the blackened skins and purée into dip.The Best Way to Enjoy Summer Produce Is Over the Grill | Aliza Abarbanel | June 11, 2021 | Eater
His forehead was bruised, his eyes were blackened and his neck was scored with scratches.The Child Care Industry Was Collapsing. Mrs. Jackie Bet Everything on an Impossible Dream to Save It. | by Lizzie Presser | May 1, 2021 | ProPublica
Because of a quibble on his part this loathsome thing would ruin his future, dash his hopes to the ground, blacken his life.The Everlasting Arms | Joseph Hocking
The river pool commenced to blacken, while flowering rushes tossed their shivering heads and murmured.Menotah | Ernest G. Henham
"Too bad of you to blacken me to her like that," remarked the judge.The Opened Shutters | Clara Louise Burnham
They have done what they could to blacken his name; and to this day the shadow they have cast upon it in part remains.Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIII | John Lord
These lawyers who are coming will blacken lots of paper, and talk a great deal of useless stuff.Columba | Prosper Merimee
British Dictionary definitions for blacken
to make or become black or dirty
(tr) to defame; slander (esp in the phrase blacken someone's name)
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