transitive verb
edul·​co·​rate | \ ə̇ˈdəlkəˌrāt, ēˈ- \

Definition of edulcorate

1 obsolete : to make (food) sweet
2 archaic : to free from acids, salts, or other soluble substances by washing
3 : to free from harshness (as of attitude) : make pleasant cozened and flattered and edulcorated the Turks— Vincent Sheean

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edulcoration \ ⸗ˌ⸗⸗ˈrāshən \ noun, plural -s

History and Etymology for edulcorate

New Latin edulcoratus, past participle of edulcorare, blend of Late Latin edulcare to sweeten (from Latin e- + Late Latin dulcare to sweeten, from Latin dulcis sweet) and dulcorare to sweeten, from dulcor sweetness, from Latin dulcis

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“Edulcorate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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