blacken

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English blaknen, blakkenen, equivalent to black +‎ -en (verbal suffix).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈblækən/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ækən

Verb[edit]

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

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

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