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  • n. Plural form of varnishing.


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  • The desks were carved with overlapping slogans and initials, most worn to ghosts by repeated sandings and re-varnishings but never erased completely.


  • Injured by time or obscured by repeated varnishings, they often require some degree of cleaning to make them intelligible.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 37, November, 1860

  • Other men, of less power and penetration than he was — of a less open and piercing glance, searching not only the manifest but the hidden things of dishonesty amidst which he stood — might have been deceived by certain fair appearances in the aspects of Scottish Romanism; but no varnishings and no artifices could beguile him.

    Luther and Other Leaders of the Reformation

  • "I have also the gratification to report that the contract for the wire has been faithfully fulfilled on the part of Aaron Benedict, the contractor; that the first covering with cotton and two varnishings of the whole one hundred and sixty miles is also completed; that experiments made upon forty-three miles have resulted in the most satisfactory manner, and that the whole work is proceeding with every prospect of a successful issue."

    Samuel F. B. Morse, His Letters and Journals In Two Volumes, Volume II

  • And note this, that even the spurious merit of the two French models can be sustained only by disguises, by suppressions, by elaborate varnishings; whereas the English prince is offered to our admiration with a

    The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 1

  • One could take a painting and write the story of the successive varnishings and cleanings it has undergone and discuss the changes of emphasis these have led to.

    Insight Scoop | The Ignatius Press Blog


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