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v. black·ened, black·en·ing, black·ens
1. To make black.
2. To sully or defame: a scandal that blackened the mayor's name.
3. To coat (fish or meat, for example) with pepper and other spices and then quickly sear in a very hot skillet, thereby producing meat that is black on the outside but tender on the inside.
To become dark or black: The day blackened into night.

black′en·er n.


having been cooked until a very dark or black colour


(ˈblæk ənd)
(esp. of fish) coated with spices and sautéed quickly over high heat so that the outside chars.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.blackened - darkened by smokeblackened - darkened by smoke; "blackened rafters"
smoky - marked by or emitting or filled with smoke; "smoky rafters"; "smoky chimneys"; "a smoky fireplace"; "a smoky corridor"
2.blackened - (of the face) made black especially as with suffused bloodblackened - (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood; "a face black with fury"
coloured, colorful - having color or a certain color; sometimes used in combination; "colored crepe paper"; "the film was in color"; "amber-colored heads of grain"