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Varnished

Varnish \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.''
    --Shak.

    Close ambition, varnished o'er with zeal.
    --Milton.

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

Wiktionary

varnished

  1. coated, or decorated with varnish v

  2. (en-past of: varnish)

WordNet

varnished

adj. having a coating of stain or varnish [syn: stained]

Usage examples of "varnished".

Her parents, rich once more, had first decided to start living in strict Russian style which they somehow associated with ornamental Slavic scriptory, postcards depicting sorrowing boyar maidens, varnished boxes bearing gaudy pyrogravures of troikas or firebirds, and the admirably produced, long since expired art magazines containing such wonderful photographs of old Russian manors and porcelain.

The boundary wall was of raw unpointed stone, the gate of stout, heavily varnished wood.

Harper took off the backpiece and filed the grip, and then he varnished it with oil and beeswax until the handle was dark brown and shining.

Hair, blood, and brains splashed a Rorschach on the wall behind the chair, where a 3D foldout girl was spreading eternal legs over a varnished mahogany bedpost.

Slick, willing to oblige, yielded to these entreaties, and soon produced the clock--a gawdy, highly varnished, trumpery looking affair.

Those were the Mongols of the occupying garrison, all dressed in armor of varnished hides or metal chain mail, and striding contemptuously through the street crowds, shoving aside anybody who stepped in their way.

Her parents, rich once more, had first decided to start living in strict Russian style which they somehow associated with ornamental Slavic scriptory, postcards depicting sorrowing boyar maidens, varnished boxes bearing gaudy pyrogravures of troikas or firebirds, and the admirably produced, long since expired art magazines containing such wonderful photographs of old Russian manors and porcelain.

Phosphor-tendrils were looped over the roughhewn walls, making the rock look varnished.

The next morning this benevolent adventurer sat at an upper window of the Swan inn, tapping impatiently with a snakewood cane at his newly varnished boots.

Even in the oppressive heat, the starched white shirtfront beneath his black velveteen coat was unwilted, and not a hint of dirt smudged the snug fit of pale buckskin breeches tucked within high boots of varnished leather.

The Rococo vitrines, the Jacobean bookcases, the Gothic Revival highboys, all carved and varnished, the French Provincial wardrobes, crowd around us.

Revival highboys, all carved and varnished, the French Provincial wardrobes, crowd around us.

The furniture was ancient, but refinished in a varnished sheen, and the books lining the walls were free of dust.

It screeched and scratched its way along the varnished wood for a few feet before stopping in the center, some of its various brain-matter stains still visible.

The baseboard moldings are carved and varnished and eighteen inches high.