whitewashing

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English[edit]

Verb[edit]

whitewashing

  1. Present participle of whitewash.

Noun[edit]

whitewashing (plural whitewashings)

  1. The application of whitewash.
  2. (figuratively) The effacement of errors or bad actions.
    • 2007 July 15, “The Nixonian Whitewash, Scrubbed”, New York Times:
      The institution insulted history by peddling ludicrous whitewashings — describing the Watergate criminal conspiracy as a “coup” by Nixon’s political rivals fed by fake scoops purchased by the Woodstein investigative duo at The Washington Post.