sugarcoat

[shoo g-er-koht]
verb (used with object)
  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.

Origin of sugarcoat

First recorded in 1865–70; sugar + coat
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Related Words for sugarcoated

soothe, mollify, pacify, alleviate, candy-coat

Examples from the Web for sugarcoated

Contemporary Examples of sugarcoated

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

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    Can Suze Orman Save America?

    Adam Auriemma

    November 10, 2013

Historical Examples of sugarcoated

  • We have to write popular plays and pretty poems and sugarcoated stories.

    Discourses of Keidansky

    Bernard G. Richards

  • 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


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