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Meaning of WHITEWASH

Pronunciation:  'wIt`wâsh

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a specious or deceptive clearing that attempts to gloss over failings and defects
  2. [n]  wash consisting of lime and size in water; used for whitening walls and other surfaces
  3. [v]  exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data
  4. [v]  cover with whitewash; as of walls
  5. [v]  cover up a misdemeanor; "Let's not whitewash the crimes of Stalin"

WHITEWASH is a 9 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: gloss over, hush up, sleek over
 See Also: acquit, assoil, calcimine, clear, clearing, cover, cover up, discharge, exculpate, exonerate, wash, wash



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \White"wash`\, v. t.
    In various games, to defeat (an opponent) so that he fails to
    score, or to reach a certain point in the game; to skunk.
    [Colloq., U. S.]
  2. \White"wash`\, n.
    1. Any wash or liquid composition for whitening something, as
       a wash for making the skin fair. --Addison.
    2. A composition of line and water, or of whiting size, and
       water, or the like, used for whitening walls, ceilings,
       etc.; milk of lime.
  3. \White"wash`\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Whitewashed}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Whitewashing}.]
    1. To apply a white liquid composition to; to whiten with
    2. To make white; to give a fair external appearance to; to
       clear from imputations or disgrace; hence, to clear (a
       bankrupt) from obligation to pay debts.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are whitewashing indicates an attempt to change your old ways and habits. It also suggests that you are only pretending to change and trying to cover up your flaws.