sugarcoat

[ shoo g-er-koht ]
/ ˈʃʊg ərˌkoʊt /
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verb (used with object)

to cover with sugar: to sugarcoat a pill.
to make (something difficult or distasteful) appear more pleasant or acceptable: There was no way to sugarcoat the bad news.

Origin of sugarcoat

First recorded in 1865–70; sugar + coat
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sugarcoated

  • Her advice, sugarcoated in goofy catchphrases, is delivered in the unimpeachable rhetoric of common sense.

    Can Suze Orman Save America?|Adam Auriemma|November 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
  • But whether I practice Yoga, Dianetics, or write the lines on a sugarcoated pill and swallow it is my trade secret.

    The Fourth R|George Oliver Smith
  • We have to write popular plays and pretty poems and sugarcoated stories.

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Word Origin and History for sugarcoated

sugarcoat


v.

also sugar-coat, 1870, originally of medicine; figuratively, "make more palatable," from 1910. Related: Sugarcoated; sugarcoating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper