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 for Varnish
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Varnish \Var"nish\, n. [OE. vernish, F. vernis, LL. vernicium;
     akin to F. vernir to varnish, fr. (assumed) LL. vitrinire to
     glaze, from LL. vitrinus glassy, fr. L. vitrum glass. See
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     1. A viscid liquid, consisting of a solution of resinous
        matter in an oil or a volatile liquid, laid on work with a
        brush, or otherwise. When applied the varnish soon dries,
        either by evaporation or chemical action, and the resinous
        part forms thus a smooth, hard surface, with a beautiful
        gloss, capable of resisting, to a greater or less degree,
        the influences of air and moisture.
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     Note: According to the sorts of solvents employed, the
           ordinary kinds of varnish are divided into three
           classes: spirit, turpentine, and oil varnishes.
           --Encyc. Brit
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     2. That which resembles varnish, either naturally or
        artificially; a glossy appearance.
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              The varnish of the holly and ivy.     --Macaulay.
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     3. An artificial covering to give a fair appearance to any
        act or conduct; outside show; gloss.
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              And set a double varnish on the fame
              The Frenchman gave you.               --Shak.
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     Varnish tree (Bot.), a tree or shrub from the juice or
        resin of which varnish is made, as some species of the
        genus Rhus, especially Rhus vernicifera of Japan. The
        black varnish of Burmah is obtained from the
        Melanorrh[oe]a usitatissima, a tall East Indian tree of
        the Cashew family. See Copal, and Mastic.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Varnish \Var"nish\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Varnished; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Varnishing.] [Cf. F. vernir, vernisser. See
     Varnish, n.]
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     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.
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     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.
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              Close ambition, varnished o'er with zeal. --Milton.
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              Cato's voice was ne'er employed
              To clear the guilty and to varnish crimes.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a coating that provides a hard, lustrous, transparent
           finish to a surface
      v 1: cover with varnish [syn: varnish, seal]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  277 Moby Thesaurus words for "varnish":
     acting, adorn, affectation, air brush, alibi, allow for, allowance,
     apology, appearance, apply paint, art paper, attitudinizing,
     becloud, bedaub, bedizen, befog, begild, belie, besmear, bias,
     blanket, blind, bluff, bluffing, brush, brush on paint, buff,
     burnish, calcimine, camera lucida, camera obscura, camouflage,
     canvas, chalk, charcoal, cheating, cloak, cloud, coat, coating,
     color, coloring, complexion, conceal, convolute, cover,
     cover story, cover up, cover-up, crayon, curtain, dab, daub,
     deception, decontamination, decorate, deep-dye, delusion, device,
     diminish, dip, disguise, dissemblance, dissemble, dissembling,
     dissimulation, distemper, distort, distract attention from,
     double-dye, drawing paper, drawing pencil, dress up, drier, dye,
     ease, easel, eclipse, elaborate, embellish, emblazon, embroider,
     enamel, engild, enrich, ensconce, enshroud, envelop, excuse,
     extenuate, extenuating circumstances, extenuation, extenuative,
     facade, face, facing, fakery, faking, false air, false front,
     false show, falsify, falsity, fast-dye, feigning, feint, festoon,
     film, finish, fixative, flourish, four-flushing, fraud, fresco,
     front, fudge, fur, furbish, garble, gild, gilding, gilt, glance,
     glaze, gloss, gloss over, grain, ground, guise, handle, hide, hue,
     humbug, humbuggery, ignore, illuminate, imbue, imposture, ingrain,
     involve, japan, keep under cover, lacquer, lame excuse, lay figure,
     lay on color, lessen, load with ornament, locus standi, luster,
     make allowance for, mask, masquerade, maulstick, medium,
     meretriciousness, mince, miscite, miscolor, misconstrue, misdirect,
     misinterpret, misquote, misrender, misreport, misrepresent,
     misstate, misuse, mitigate, mitigation, obfuscate, obscure, occult,
     ornament, ostensible motive, ostentation, outward show, overcharge,
     overlay, overload, overstate, paint, paintbrush, palette,
     palette knife, palliate, palliation, palliative, parget, pastel,
     pellicle, pencil, pervert, pigment, pigments, playacting, polish,
     poor excuse, pose, posing, posture, pretense, pretension, pretext,
     prime, protestation, public motive, put-off, qualification, refuge,
     representation, revetment, rub, scale, scour, scratchboard, screen,
     scum, seeming, semblance, shade, shadow, sham, shellac, shine,
     show, shroud, siccative, simulacrum, simulation, sketchbook,
     sketchpad, skin, slant, sleek, slick, slick down, slop on paint,
     slur over, smear, smoke screen, soft-pedal, soften, softening,
     spatula, speciousness, spray gun, stain, stalking-horse, stipple,
     strain, stratagem, stump, subterfuge, sugarcoat, tinct, tincture,
     tinge, tint, titivate, tone, torture, trick, trick out, twist,
     undercoat, understate, veil, veneer, warp, wash, wax, white,
     whiten, whitewash, whitewashing, window dressing

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