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 Malawians, however, did not accept such whitewashing. The Economist, "Wigged men v Big Man A court in Malawi tries to guarantee a fair election," 20 June 2020 And the stories of two South Asian women, both of whom appear on Bon Appétit’s popular test kitchen videos, have opened a separate discussion about the whitewashing of ethnic cuisines. NBC News, "Culinary critics accuse Bon Appétit of hypocrisy in undervaluing two South Asian Americans," 11 June 2020 For the current moment, in which whitewashing still extinguishes opportunity and supports the status quo — despite gains both on the screen and in writers’ rooms — Yu’s novel may seem topical. Jeff Vandermeer, New York Times, "A Devastating (and Darkly Hilarious) New Novel From the ‘Westworld’ Writer Charles Yu," 28 Feb. 2020 Even there, however, she was confronted with whitewashing. Time, "Lori Tan Chinn Is a Scene-Stealer in Awkwafina’s New Series. But the Role Comes After Decades of Harassment and Discrimination," 24 Jan. 2020 The Tigers were also able to work out some kinks in a whitewashing of Samford, but QB Bo Nix will have to be sharp from the outset. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, "Five games in Week 14 that will impact the College Football Playoff race," 29 Nov. 2019 The misrepresentations, whitewashings, banalizations, and exclusions that have sustained the Hollywood system have begun to come to light, and there have even been consequences for some of the perpetrators. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Twenty-Seven Best Movies of the Decade," 27 Nov. 2019 Prior to that, Hidden Figures became the highest grossing Oscar nominee of 2017, while a film like Ghost in the Shell (which was accused of blatant whitewashing) flopped at the box office. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, ""Black Panther" Breaks Records at the Box Office," 18 Feb. 2018 That includes a 38-0 whitewashing of Michigan State last weekend at Camp Randall Stadium. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Wisconsin Badgers at Illinois Fighting Illini odds, picks and best bets," 17 Oct. 2019

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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 2 Jul. 2020.

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