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 There are precedents for this whitewashing in Mexico City history. Alejandra Ibarra Chaoul, Washington Post, 17 June 2022 Critics fear that the Marcos win will continue the whitewashing of the family’s past that characterized the presidential campaign. Time, 10 May 2022 But survivors of martial law still dealing with the trauma of the past say a Marcos Jr presidency will mean the end of justice for victims; the whitewashing of history complete. Veejay Villafranca For Cnn, CNN, 6 May 2022 Greene is far from the first Republican to attempt a whitewashing of what happened that day. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 12 Apr. 2022 Newton found this whitewashing in many places, including family accounts of a great-grandfather named Big Joe who ran a sharecropping plantation in the Jim Crow South, a system that was notoriously exploitative. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2022 The musical film had been previously predicted to be the winner but was criticized for its whitewashing of American jazz. cleveland, 26 Mar. 2022 Not every liberal made these morally reprehensible arguments, but the whitewashing of the destructive side of those protests was rampant. David Harsanyi, National Review, 15 Feb. 2022 Apart from Cheney and the other Republican on the select committee, Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, much of the Republican conference is participating in or abetting the whitewashing of history. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 3 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of whitewashing

1663, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jul 2022

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“Whitewashing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whitewashing. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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