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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.
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Blackeningshoemakers collectively. See also bleche.
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|Noun||1.||blackening - 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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