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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.
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 shoemakers collectively. See also bleche.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Blackening - changing to a darker colorblackening - changing to a darker color    
change of color - an act that changes the light that something reflects
obfuscation - darkening or obscuring the sight of something
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References in classic literature ?
The glare of the flames had sunk into a fitful, flashing light; and the gentle stars, invisible till now, looked down upon the blackening heap.
But, at last, above the subsiding red of the fire, above the streaming masses of black smoke and the whitening and blackening tree stumps, and the diminishing numbers of these dim creatures, came the white light of the day.
I will give any individual Rs 21,000 from my Eidi (cash received in the form of gift during Eid celebrations) for blackening his face," Rashid said.
A WELL-known campaigner for racial equality has described white men blackening their faces as "abhorrent".
SAHIWAL -- Ghala Mandi police on Monday arrested a PML-N councillor and four others for allegedly blackening face of a girl, torturing her and cutting hair, parading her in the street and keeping her in illegal detention at Manzoor Colony.
This paper explores the role played by costume in two pre-wedding rituals practiced by women in Northern Scotland, the blackening and hen party, and how that role has changed since the 1940s.
Carrying banners placards and an effigy of the Indian Prime Minister after blackening its face and sitting it on a donkey, they marched on various thoroughfares.
He continued: "I noticed an area of blackening between the thumb and forefinger of Private James's left hand.
If I want "blackened" fish, I want it to be really "blackened." Not just grilled after being lightly dusted with some blackening spice.
He had been treated by his friends to a "blackening".
Presto Black is recommended for blackening cold and hot rolled steels, alloy steels, tool steels, as well as cast iron, forged steels and powdered metal.
All the results were negative until he used uranium salts, which produced a deep blackening of the plates.