What does whitewash mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. whitewash(noun)

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

  2. whitewash(noun)

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

  3. whitewash(verb)

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

  4. whitewash, gloss over, sleek over, hush up(verb)

    cover up a misdemeanor, fault, or error

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

  5. whitewash(verb)

    cover with whitewash

    "whitewash walls"

  6. whitewash(verb)

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


  1. Whitewash(n.)

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

  2. Whitewash(v. t.)

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


  1. whitewash(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From white + wash

  2. whitewash(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From white + wash

  3. whitewash(Verb)

    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.

    Etymology: From white + wash

  4. whitewash(Verb)

    To cover over errors or bad actions.

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

    Etymology: From white + wash

  5. whitewash(Verb)

    To prevent a team from scoring any runs.

    Etymology: From white + wash

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whitewash(noun)

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

  2. Whitewash(noun)

    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. Whitewash(verb)

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

  4. Whitewash(verb)

    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. Jibril Rajoub:

    The AFA's acceptance to play with The Israelis in Jerusalem have reminded us all of how The Israelis uses sports as a tool to whitewash The Israelis actions.

  2. 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.

  3. Danna Ingleton:

    NSO is a company that has a history of saying one thing and doing another, the reason why they are doing this is to whitewash violations.

  4. Subodh Chandra:

    Any presentation to a grand jury -- without the prosecutor advocating for Tamir -- is a charade, to get so-called experts to assist in the whitewash -- when the world has the video of what happened -- is all the more alarming.

  5. Rahm Emanuel:

    This is a whitewash of justice, from top to bottom, this is not on the level.

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