burnish

That seductive gleam on that Porsche behind the dealer's window? It's called a burnish, a gloss only achieved by loads of polishing. Likewise, you can burnish a resume by polishing it until it's perfect.

A caution about usage: burnish in the physical sense is usually reserved for inanimate objects — a woman will not be happy to hear that her appearance is "burnished to perfection." But your car will thank you. Also, one of the most common non-physical things to be burnished? A reputation. People are forever burnishing them — and its opposite, besmirching them (i.e., making them dirty).

Definitions of burnish
1

v polish and make shiny

Synonyms:
buff, furbish
Type of:
polish, shine, smooth, smoothen
make (a surface) shine

n the property of being smooth and shiny

Synonyms:
gloss, glossiness, polish
Types:
French polish
the glaze produced by repeated applications of French polish shellac
glaze
a glossy finish on a fabric
Type of:
smoothness
a texture without roughness; smooth to the touch
effulgence, radiance, radiancy, refulgence, refulgency, shine
the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light

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