Var"nish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Varnished (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Varnishing.] [Cf. F. vernir, vernisser. See Varnish, n.]
1. To lay varnish on; to cover with a liquid which produces, when dry, a hard, glossy surface; as, to
varnish a table; to
varnish a painting.
2. To cover or conceal with something that gives a fair appearance; to give a fair coloring to by words; to gloss over; to palliate; as, to
varnish guilt. "Beauty doth varnish age."
Close ambition, varnished o'er with zeal.Milton.
Cato's voice was ne'er employedAddison.
To clear the guilty and to varnish crimes.
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