blacken

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Etymology[edit]

From black +‎ -en.

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blacken (third-person singular simple present blackens, present participle blackening, simple past and past participle blackened)

  1. To make black.
  2. To make dirty.
  3. To defame or sully.
    Malice delights to blacken the characters of prominent men. — Napoleon Bonaparte
  4. To cook (meat or fish) by coating with pepper, etc., and quickly searing in a hot pan.
  5. (intransitive)To become black.
    The sky blackened as the storm clouds rolled in.

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