But if Reagan burnished the anti-intellectual brand, Bush has now wrecked it.
There was a once-grand dining room with mirrored walls and burnished chandeliers.
We can never know how much of this was innate in him, or how much of was shaped and burnished in a dark, solitary cell.
As a kid, you'd admired pictures of knights in burnished suits of armor.
The dark tufts of palm trees here and there shone like burnished bronze.
The dew was on its burnished leaves, and evening had drawn forth its perfume.
The images are either of brass or iron—brick plastered, and wood; but all richly gilt and burnished.
The boat had begun to drift, and was alone on the burnished water.
Grey ashes cover the glittering roof which rose on high shining with burnished metal.
Now it is a ruby, now a topaz, now an emerald, now all burnished gold.
early 14c., from Old French burniss- present participle stem of burnir, metathesis of brunir "to shine, gleam, sparkle" (trans.), "to polish, make sparkle, make bright, shine," from brun "brown; polished," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German brun, Old Norse brunn "bright, polished; brown;" see brown (adj.)). The connection to "brown" might be explained if the original objects in mind were wooden ones. Related: Burnished; burnishing.