What does whitewash mean?

Definitions for whitewash
ˈʰwaɪtˌwɒʃ, -ˌwɔʃ, ˈwaɪt-white·wash

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word whitewash.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. whitewashnoun

    a defeat in which the losing person or team fails to score

  2. whitewashnoun

    wash consisting of lime and size in water; used for whitening walls and other surfaces

  3. whitewashverb

    a specious or deceptive clearing that attempts to gloss over failings and defects

  4. whitewash, gloss over, sleek over, hush upverb

    cover up a misdemeanor, fault, or error

    "Let's not whitewash the crimes of Stalin"; "She tried to gloss over her mistakes"

  5. whitewashverb

    cover with whitewash

    "whitewash walls"

  6. whitewashverb

    exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data


  1. Whitewashnoun

    a glossing over or cover up (of crimes or misfeasance).

  2. Whitewashverb

    to gloss over or cover up (crimes or misfeasance).


  1. whitewashnoun

    A lime and water mixture for painting walls and fences bright white.

  2. whitewashnoun

    A complete victory or series of victories without suffering any losses; a clean sweep.

  3. whitewashverb

    To paint over with a lime and water mixture so as to brighten up a wall or fence.

    The houses looked very bright when they whitewashed the whole neighborhood.

  4. whitewashverb

    To cover over errors or bad actions.

    In his sermon, the minister didn't try to whitewash over the sins of his church.

  5. whitewashverb

    To prevent a team from scoring any runs.

  6. Etymology: From white + wash

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Whitewashnoun

    A wash to make the skin seen fair.

    Etymology: white and wash.

    The clergy, during Cromwell’s usurpation, were very much taken up in reforming the female world; I have heard a whole sermon against a whitewash. Addison.


  1. Whitewash

    Whitewash, or calcimine, kalsomine, calsomine, or lime paint is a type of paint made from slaked lime (calcium hydroxide, Ca(OH)2) or chalk calcium carbonate, (CaCO3), sometimes known as "whiting". Various other additives are sometimes used.


  1. whitewash

    1. In a literal sense, whitewash refers to a solution of lime and water or of whiting, size, and water, used for painting walls and other surfaces white. 2. In a metaphorical or figurative sense, whitewash is often used to refer to a deliberate attempt to conceal unpleasant or incriminating facts about a person or organization in order to protect their reputation. It can also signify the act of glossing over or covering up vices, crimes or scandals or absolving someone from blame. 3. In the context of sports or games, whitewash refers to a situation where one side defeats the other without the latter having scored any points.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whitewashnoun

    any wash or liquid composition for whitening something, as a wash for making the skin fair

  2. Whitewashnoun

    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. Whitewashverb

    to apply a white liquid composition to; to whiten with whitewash

  4. Whitewashverb

    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


  1. Whitewash

    Whitewash, or calcimine, kalsomine, calsomine, or lime paint is a low-cost type of paint made from slaked lime and chalk. Various other additives are also used.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of whitewash in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of whitewash in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of whitewash in a Sentence

  1. Richard Milhous Nixon:

    There will be no whitewash in the White House. (On Watergate investigation)

  2. Jane Harman:

    Our bottom line is we are unflinching about this man, we don't sugarcoat or whitewash anything. We consider ourselves not just nonpartisan, but straight-up.

  3. Richard Nixon:

    We must maintain the integrity of the White House, and that integrity must be real, not transparent. There can be no whitewash at the White House.

  4. Ron Johnson:

    No, I mean the explanation would be there is cultural problem there. It's like, 'Ohhh, he's one of ours. Let's send him home. Let's bury this, let's whitewash this. Let's pretend this never happened.' Why else would it be?

  5. Maxim Behar:

    If the PR industry suffers from this negative reputation, it is because many people associate our profession with politicians and business people who use various contrivances and tricks to conceal or whitewash their flaws and wrongdoings.

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