I. adjective Etymology: Greek kosmētikos skilled in adornment, from kosmein to arrange, adorn, from kosmos order Date: 1638 1. of, relating to, or making for beauty especially of the complexion ; beautifying <
cosmetic salves
2. done or made for the sake of appearance: as a. correcting defects especially of the face <
cosmetic surgery
b. decorative, ornamental c. not substantive ; superficial <
cosmetic changes
3. visually appealing • cosmetically adverb II. noun Date: 1650 something that is cosmetic: as a. a cosmetic preparation for external use b. plural superficial features <
a poem without rhetorical cosmetics — Guy Davenport

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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