transitive verb (-cized; -cizing) Date: 1824 to make (something unpleasant or ugly) superficially attractive

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  • cosmeticize — vt. cosmetized, cosmetizing [käz met′ə sīz΄] vt. cosmeticized, cosmeticizing to make cosmetic; improve the appearance of: also cosmetize vt. cosmetized, cosmetizing …   English World dictionary

  • cosmeticize — /koz met euh suyz /, v.t., cosmeticized, cosmeticizing. to improve superficially; cause to seem better or more attractive. Also, esp. Brit., cosmeticise. [1815 25; COSMETIC + IZE] * * * …   Universalium

  • cosmeticize — v. cause something to be good looking on the outside (especially when it was previously ugly or unattractive) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cosmeticize — cos·met·i·cize …   English syllables

  • cosmeticize — cos•met•i•cize [[t]kɒzˈmɛt əˌsaɪz[/t]] v. t. cized, ciz•ing cvb to improve superficially; cause to seem better or more attractive • Etymology: 1815–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • cosmeticize — käzˈmed.ə̇ˌsīz transitive verb ( ed/ ing/ s) Etymology: cosmetic (II) + ize : to make (something unpleasant or ugly) superficially attractive …   Useful english dictionary

  • cosmetic, cosmeticize, and cosmetize —    A cosmetic can be a preparation, such as a powder or cream applied to the skin as makeup, usually intended to beautify the human body, especially the face. Common examples are lipstick, rouge, eyeliner, and mascara. Cosmetics have also been… …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • cos|me|tize — «KOZ muh tyz», transitive verb, tized, tiz|ing. = cosmeticize. (Cf. ↑cosmeticize) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Donald Vining — (Benton, Pennsylvania, June 20, 1917 – January 24, 1998, New York City), gay diarist. Contents 1 Youth and Education 2 New York City 3 The Diary 4 References …   Wikipedia

  • cosmetize — /koz mi tuyz /, v.t., cosmetized, cosmetizing. to cosmeticize. Also, esp. Brit., cosmetise. [COSMET(IC) + IZE] * * * …   Universalium

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