Varnish Var"nish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Varnished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Varnishing}.] [Cf. F. vernir, vernisser. See {Varnish}, n.] [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]

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.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Close ambition, varnished o'er with zeal. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Cato's voice was ne'er employed To clear the guilty and to varnish crimes. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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