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Definition of whitewash:

  1. A composition of line and water, or of whiting size, and water, or the like, used for whitening walls, ceilings, etc.; milk of lime.
  2. Any wash or liquid composition for whitening something, as a wash for making the skin fair.
  3. In various games, to defeat ( an opponent) so that he fails to score, or to reach a certain point in the game; to skunk.
  4. To apply a white liquid composition to; to whiten with whitewash.
  5. 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.

Synonyms:

smash, gild, do over, lie, deodorize, veneer, shut up, manufacture, color, brush, skate over, show, quieten, distemper, ignore, shrug off, do up, varnish, play down, blanch, scheme, crush, knock out, paint, disregard, palliate, thrashing, lay, gloss paint, trick, dodge, fabricate, make up, blink, double, make white, gloss, discount, thrash, true, blame, pardon, skimp over, beat, wallpaper, creosote, smooth over, triumph, sleek over, prank, mislead, rationalize, concoct, excuse, extenuate, pass over, grout, redecorate, slur over, silence, winning streak, remit, upset, walkover, subterfuge, victory, romp, drop cloth, sugarcoat, overlook, gloze, coat, condone, wink, still, paper over, overcome, dirty tricks, prime, forgive, record, bend the truth, deceive, ploy, defeat, render, bleach, implicate, paper, masking tape, explain away, invent, hoax, overpower, misspeak, gloss over, win, hush, ruse, overpass, paintbrush, hush up, accuse.

  • whiten (part of speech: verb)

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