from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To bring from concealment; disclose.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A lotion composed of calomel and lime-water.
  • noun Any wash that blackens.
  • noun In molding, a clay wash to which powdered charcoal has been added. See blacking, 3.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) A lotion made by mixing calomel and lime water.
  • noun A wash that blackens, as opposed to whitewash; hence, figuratively, calumny.
  • verb same as defame.
  • verb to color with blackwash.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun slang (New Zealand) a whitewash victory for any New Zealand national sporting team (also known as a blackout)
  • noun slang (cricket) a whitewash victory for the West Indies cricket team
  • noun medicine A lotion made by mixing calomel and limewater.
  • noun slang, mining public campaigns and advertising funded by the coal industry to draw attention away from environmentally unsustainable practices or to justify exclusion from carbon taxes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb color with blackwash
  • verb bring (information) out of concealment
  • noun an attack intended to ruin someone's reputation
  • noun a mixture of calomel and limewater that is used on syphilitic sores
  • noun a wash that colors a surface black


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[black + (white)wash.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

black +‎ wash


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  • The Springboks 'dominant lineout and New Zealand's inability to handle the high ball were features of last season's' 'blackwash' 'but there is confidence those areas have been addressed well. - Stuff


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