2 cause to appear more pleasant or appealing; "The mayor did not sugarcoat the reality of the tax cuts"
Etymologysugar + coat; from the practice of coating medicinal tablets or pills with sugar in order to disguise their unpleasant taste
- 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.