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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
1250-1300; Middle English; see black, -en1
Related forms
blackener, noun
Synonyms
2. denigrate, smear, slander, villify, libel, traduce, calumniate.
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  • Some sought to return to their blackened hearths, coasting in open boats along the shore.

  • The shop was built of rough boards, and the inside was blackened with soot.

  • The dingy blinds of yellow holland were drawn at each of the soot-grimed windows, blackened by age and dirt.

    Hushed Up William Le Queux
  • The face of the dead man was distorted and blackened by the agony of strangulation.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • It was a writhing, squirming mass of blackened humanity struggling for a mere physical existence, a bare living.

    From the Bottom Up Alexander Irvine
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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