burnish burnish  /ˈbɜr nɪʃ/


  1. (v) polish and make shiny
  2. (n) the property of being smooth and shiny



  1. In an effort to please her mother, Natalie has burnished all of the silverware before tonight’s big dinner.
  2. After the serious of scandals, the party's image was in need of serious burnishing.
  3. It is always an old and nondescript lamp that brings out the obedient genie not a shiny, burnished one.


  1. Petitioners Challenge Obama to 'Live, Public Debate With Edward Snowden'

    Another battle in the fight to burnish the whistle-blower's image        
    on June 10, 2013     Source: The Atlantic

  2. Pork Chops With a Lusty Neapolitan Topping

    The muscular sear and smoky, crisp burnish of grilled food has immense appeal when accompanying a sturdy aglianico.
    on June 7, 2013     Source: New York Times

  3. Bruce Rauner Announces Gubernatorial Run

    Venture capitalist and businessman Bruce Rauner formally announced his candidacy for Illinois governor with a dry and inoffensive three-minute video where he blasted state government as broken and worked to burnish his credentials as a man of the people. [ more › ]
    on June 6, 2013     Source: Chicagoist

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  1. "He must be trying to burnish his credentials for the nomination process," said Kerry, who labeled McCain's comments "flat politics and incorrect."
    on Oct 10, 2006 By: John Kerry Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. Desmond Tutu, the former archbishop of Cape Town and Nobel peace prize winner, said Unesco "is allowing itself to burnish the unsavoury reputation of a dictator" and that the money Obiang pledged for the prize in order to glorify himself was...
    on Jun 15, 2010 By: Desmond Tutu Source: The Guardian

  3. Displaying a lack of sensitivity surprising even for him, Limbaugh said the quake plays "right into Obama's hands - humanitarian, compassionate. They'll use this to burnish, shall we say, credibility with the black community, the both light-skinned...
    on Jan 15, 2010 By: Rush Limbaugh Source: Boston Globe

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