AskDefine | Define sugarcoat

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1 coat with something sweet, such as a hard sugar glaze [syn: glaze, candy]
2 cause to appear more pleasant or appealing; "The mayor did not sugarcoat the reality of the tax cuts"

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sugar + coat; from the practice of coating medicinal tablets or pills with sugar in order to disguise their unpleasant taste


  1. To make superficially more attractive; to give a falsely pleasant appearance to.
    • There's no way to sugarcoat the loss of the space shuttle; it was an unmitigated disaster.


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