whitewashing

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

whitewash +‎ -ing

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”, in New York Times[1]:
      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.
  3. (derogatory) The revisionist portrayal of something as to over-favor the Caucasian/white populaces.

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