- v polish and make shiny
- s made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing; reflecting a sheen or glow
a burnished brass knocker
- The notion was burnished by a series of subsequent elections in which black candidates saw solid leads shrink or vanish once voters cast their ballots.
- It's burnished by 3-D employees who have the requisite looks.
- Her bipartisan credentials have long been burnished by her relationship with Keith Sebelius, a veteran Kansas Republican Congressman; she is married to his son Gary, a federal .
- Toni Morrison in Washington Post
Morrison wrote: "In all its burnished majesty his gallery refuses us unearned solace and one by one by one each photograph unveils us . . . asserting a beauty, a kind of rapture, that is as close as can be to a master template of the singularity,...
- Stuart Rabner in NJ.com
They created and burnished the image of excellence the New Jersey Supreme Court stands for. They left to all of us the task of maintaining and enhancing its luster. I pledge to try to do so each day that I am priveleged to serve on the court,...
- Peter Carey in Washington Post
Che loves his grandmother, but of course no one could compete with the allure of an absent mother: "He had thought about her every day, forever," Carey writes. "She was burnished, angel sunlight."