Definitions for: Whitewash

[n] a specious or deceptive clearing that attempts to gloss over failings and defects
[n] wash consisting of lime and size in water; used for whitening walls and other surfaces
[v] exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data
[v] cover with whitewash; as of walls
[v] cover up a misdemeanor; "Let's not whitewash the crimes of Stalin"

Webster (1913) Definition: White"wash`, v. t.
In various games, to defeat (an opponent) so that he fails to
score, or to reach a certain point in the game; to skunk.
[Colloq., U. S.]

White"wash`, n.
1. Any wash or liquid composition for whitening something, as
a wash for making the skin fair. --Addison.

2. A composition of line and water, or of whiting size, and
water, or the like, used for whitening walls, ceilings,
etc.; milk of lime.

White"wash`, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Whitewashed; p.
pr. & vb. n. Whitewashing.]
1. To apply a white liquid composition to; to whiten with

2. To make white; to give a fair external appearance to; to
clear from imputations or disgrace; hence, to clear (a
bankrupt) from obligation to pay debts.

Synonyms: gloss over, hush up, sleek over

See Also: acquit, assoil, calcimine, clear, clearing, cover, cover up, discharge, exculpate, exonerate, wash, wash

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