Adjective "Burnished" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Polish (something, especially metal) by rubbing.
  1. 'It is well burnished and/or polished and, based on its core colors, had been incompletely oxidized during its firing.'
  2. 'The inside of the pot could also be burnished with a smooth pebble or bone to smear the clay particles over each other producing a more watertight vessel.'
  3. 'The inside of the elevator had burnished steel paneling, and the buttons were made of plastic.'
  4. 'The telltale blue of their family eyes was gone, and in its place was a deep burnished gold.'
  5. 'His armor, once immaculately burnished gold, was now tarnished and dented in a dozen locations.'
  6. 'Typically pierced handles and covers were decorated with different shades of matte or burnished gold, or with bronze luster.'
  7. 'Sunlight tracked a path of sparkling white highlights toward the skyline, a light as harsh as if it were reflecting off burnished metal.'
  8. 'For nearly 30 years Olive Cox burnished the brass and kept St Peter's Church in Little Cheverell spick and span.'
  9. 'The box was fashioned of antique burnished rosewood, with brass cylinders and myriad bells all working in perfectly refined unison.'
  10. 'Carefully unwrapping it, she found the hint of dull gold and burnished it on her shirt, the small ruby at the end of the key twinkling in the yellow sunlight.'
  11. 'a man who took advantage of any opportunity to burnish his image'
  12. 'In vain the Communists tried to burnish their image, formally abandoning the doctrine of the dictatorship of the proletariat at their twenty-second party congress in February 1976.'
  13. 'Sounds like he's more interested in burnishing his own image.'
  14. 'It also bought car-freak Rivera the simultaneous opportunities to burnish business ties and score a speed fix for himself.'
  15. 'The book, it seems, has burnished Howe's reputation brighter than ever.'
  16. 'Well, he was concerned with burnishing his image, the work that he has done over the last seven years, and, as you say, he feels he's left the intelligence community much stronger than he found it.'
  17. 'It's about people burnishing and polishing their self-images and their conceptions of how they're regarded by their fellow Man.'
  18. 'We don't use force just to burnish our reputation or to enhance our credibility.'
  19. 'It not only burnished the family image but was also his one surpassing business triumph.'
  20. 'But he intended not merely to burnish that bulldog image, but to vindicate a much grander and somewhat shakier claim to being the architect of total victory over Nazi Germany.'


The shine on a highly polished surface.
  1. 'The burnish on her medal had begun to fade, and Gunnell had missed her story.'
  2. 'By the time Israel Zangwill's play of that name was published in 1908, the ‘melting pot’ had acquired all the burnish of an American ideal.'
  3. '‘Look for coatings with a high degree of burnish resistance to stand up to routine cleaning,’ says Rafie.'

More definitions

1. to polish (a surface) by friction.

2. to make smooth and bright.

3. Engraving. to flatten and enlarge the dots of (a halftone) by rubbing with a tool. noun

4. gloss; brightness; luster: the burnish of brass andirons.

More examples(as adjective)

"golds can be burnished."

"hairs can be burnished."

"coppers can be burnished."

"armours can be burnished."

"wares can be burnished."

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(burnish)Middle English: from Old French burniss-, lengthened stem of burnir, variant of brunir ‘make brown’, from brun ‘brown’.