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whitewash

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verb white·wash \ˈhwīt-ˌwȯsh, ˈwīt-, -ˌwäsh\

Definition of whitewash

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to whiten with whitewash

  3. 2a :  to gloss over or cover up (such as vices or crimes) refused to whitewash the scandalb :  to exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data

  4. 3 :  to hold (an opponent) scoreless in a game or contest

whitewasher

noun

Examples of whitewash in a Sentence

  1. a book that tries to whitewash the country's past

  2. refused to whitewash the governor's chronic disregard for the truth

Recent Examples of whitewash from the Web

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First Known Use of whitewash

1591


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whitewash

noun white·wash

Definition of whitewash

  1. 1 :  a liquid composition for whitening a surface: such asa :  a preparation for whitening the skinb :  a composition (as of lime and water or whiting, size, and water) for whitening structural surfaces

  2. 2 :  an act or instance of glossing over or of exonerating

  3. 3 :  a defeat in a contest in which the loser fails to score

Recent Examples of whitewash from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'whitewash'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of whitewash

1678


WHITEWASH Defined for English Language Learners

whitewash

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verb

Definition of whitewash for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) whiter by painting it with whitewash

  • : to prevent people from learning the truth about (something bad, such as a dishonest, immoral, or illegal act or situation)

  • : to defeat (an opponent) easily by winning every game, point, etc.

whitewash

noun

Definition of whitewash for English Language Learners

  • : a white liquid mixture used for making surfaces (such as walls or fences) whiter

  • : a planned effort to hide a dishonest, immoral, or illegal act or situation

  • : a defeat in a game or contest in which the loser does not score any points


WHITEWASH Defined for Kids

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whitewash

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verb white·wash \ˈhwīt-ˌwȯsh, ˈwīt-, -ˌwäsh\

Definition of whitewash for Students

whitewashed

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whitewashing

  1. 1 :  to cover with a mixture that whitens

  2. 2 :  to try to hide the wrongdoing of The company didn't try to whitewash their actions.


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whitewash

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noun white·wash

Definition of whitewash for Students

  1. :  a mixture (as of lime and water) for making a surface (as a wall) white



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