Definition of


  1. (noun, event) a defeat in which the losing person or team fails to score
  2. (noun, artifact) wash consisting of lime and size in water; used for whitening walls and other surfaces
  3. (noun, act) a specious or deceptive clearing that attempts to gloss over failings and defects
  4. (verb, perception) cover up a misdemeanor, fault, or error
    She tried to gloss over her mistakes
  5. (verb, contact) cover with whitewash
  6. (verb, communication) exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Whitewash

gloss over, hush up, sleek over

Alternate forms of Whitewash

Derivations: whitewash

Hyponyms: calcimine

Hypernyms: acquit, assoil, clear, clearing, cover, cover up, defeat, discharge, exculpate, exonerate, licking, wash

Origin of the word Whitewash

  1. 1591, "to wash a building surface with white liquid," from white + wash. Fig. sense of "to cover up, conceal" is attested from 1762. The noun is recorded from 1697. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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