white·​wash·​ing | \ ˈ(h)wīt-ˌwȯ-shiŋ How to pronounce whitewashing (audio) , -ˌwä- \

Definition of whitewashing

: an act or instance of applying whitewash also : whitewash sense 3

Examples of whitewashing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Irvine starred in Stonewall, which was criticized for its whitewashing of the Stonewall riots, as Danny Winters. Nick Romano, EW.com, 27 May 2021 Another type of whitewashing is when people of color are displaced in a story to put the focus on white characters, says Nishime. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, 1 June 2021 Smith traces this willful forgetting to the Lost Cause, the wildly successful Southern whitewashing of the Civil War that has Confederates fighting for freedom as opposed to slavery. Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2021 That constitutes a whitewashing of the country’s painful history, many Democrats and education groups countered. Corbett Smith, Dallas News, 22 May 2021 Nine batters had hits as the Coral Springs Charter softball team recently won the District 14-3A Championship with a 14-0 whitewashing of Calvary Christian Academy. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, 12 May 2021 McCarthy's whitewashing of what happened on January 6, then, is a survival tactic for him. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 26 Apr. 2021 Although the creation of WASP was a landmark moment for women in the military, Delmont says that focusing solely on that narrative furthers the whitewashing of American history. Megan Mccluskey, Time, 16 Apr. 2021 Other cities had removed monuments to Confederate history, which was alternately viewed as a necessary correction and as a whitewashing of the past. Sigrid Macrae, Harper's Magazine, 16 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of whitewashing

1663, in the meaning defined above

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“Whitewashing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whitewashing. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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