transitive verb Etymology: back-formation from sugarcoated Date: 1858 1. to coat with sugar 2. to make superficially attractive or palatable <
tried to sugarcoat an unpleasant truth

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • sugarcoat — (v.) also sugar coat, 1870, originally of medicine; figuratively, make more palatable, from 1910. Related: Sugarcoated; sugarcoating …   Etymology dictionary

  • sugarcoat — [v] sweeten add sugar, add sweetening, alleviate, candy coat, make more appealing, make sweet, mollify, pacify, soften up, soothe; concepts 7,22,170 …   New thesaurus

  • sugarcoat — [shoog′ərkōt΄] vt. 1. to cover or coat with sugar 2. to make (something disagreeable) seem more acceptable or less unpleasant, as by using flattery, euphemism, etc …   English World dictionary

  • sugarcoat — /shoog euhr koht /, v.t. 1. to cover with sugar: to sugarcoat a pill. 2. to make (something difficult or distasteful) appear more pleasant or acceptable: There was no way to sugarcoat the bad news. [1865 70; SUGAR + COAT] * * * …   Universalium

  • sugarcoat — verb 1. coat with something sweet, such as a hard sugar glaze • Syn: ↑glaze, ↑candy • Derivationally related forms: ↑glaze (for: ↑glaze) • Hypernyms: ↑sweeten …   Useful english dictionary

  • sugarcoat — verb To make superficially more attractive; to give a falsely pleasant appearance to. Syn: gild, whitewash …   Wiktionary

  • sugarcoat — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. sweeten, glaze. See sweetness, moderation. II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. sweeten, gloss over, make agreeable, make palatable, honey, candy. ANT.: poison III (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb 1. To… …   English dictionary for students

  • sugarcoat — v. coat with sugar; make something seem more appealing …   English contemporary dictionary

  • sugarcoat — sug•ar•coat [[t]ˈʃʊg ərˌkoʊt[/t]] v. t. 1) to cover with sugar 2) to make (something difficult or distasteful) appear more pleasant or acceptable • Etymology: 1865–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • gild — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. aurify (see covering). II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To give the appearance of gold] Syn. wash, plate, overlay, tinsel, electroplate, overlay with gold, coat with gold leaf. 2. [To adorn] Syn. varnish,… …   English dictionary for students

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