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: to gloss over, explain away, or patch up (differences, disparities, etc.) especially in order to maintain a semblance of unity or agreement
: hide, conceal
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belie, blanket, blot out, cloak, conceal, cover, curtain, disguise, enshroud, hide, mask, obscure, occult, screen, shroud, suppress, veil
bare, disclose, display, divulge, expose, reveal, show, uncloak, uncover, unmask, unveil
1910, in the meaning defined at sense 1
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something that serves to warn or remind
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