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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Origin and Etymology of 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 — more at dulcet
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