blackening

noun

black·​en·​ing ˈblak-niŋ How to pronounce blackening (audio)
ˈbla-kə-

Examples of blackening in a Sentence

blackening of the senator's good name disgusted voters
Recent Examples on the Web Whole villages were nearly wiped out, and in total, some 60 percent of Europe's population would succumb to the disease, which was characterized by an extreme swelling of the lymph nodes and the gradual blackening of the fingertips and toes as the tissues died. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 8 June 2016 Temple leaves the tail shell on the end of the shrimp to protect the tender tip in the blackening process. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2021 Drizzle lime juice over tilapia, season with 1/2 tsp salt, and dip in blackening seasoning. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, 31 Mar. 2020 Like Dorian Gray’s portrait, his face registered the blackening of Walt’s soul. Judy Berman, Time, 11 Oct. 2019 He and manager Dave Bristol went at it one day at the yard, with the manager blackening The Count’s eye. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, 5 Sep. 2019 Fenolio came across an academic journal with a paper about a particular species of frog that had faced similar deaths — a blackening and drying of the skin followed by a quick demise. Josh Baugh, ExpressNews.com, 8 July 2019 The floors were free from the blackening caused by fire. National Geographic, 26 Mar. 2019 Any blackening or a brown shade on the switch or outlet is cause for concern. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 29 Apr. 2016 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of blackening was circa 1909

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“Blackening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blackening. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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