: to dispose of by false or perverse interpretation
trying to gloss away the irrationalities of the universe—Irwin Edman
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The verb gloss, referring to a brief explanation, comes from Greek glôssa, meaning "tongue," "language," or "obscure word." There is also the familiar phrase gloss over, meaning "to deal with (something) too lightly or not at all." That gloss is related to Germanic glosen, "to glow or shine," and comes from the noun gloss, which in English can refer to a shine on a surface or to a superficial attractiveness that is easily dismissed.
Such sanguine glosses on an unfettered market as the best of all possible worlds dovetailed with Friedman’s relentlessly sunny disposition.—Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, 15 Nov. 2023 And this product involves less sting overall than the usual plumping gloss.—Petra Guglielmetti, Glamour, 13 Nov. 2023 To restore shine, try a gloss treatment to reinstate that vinyl effect.—Georgia Day, Vogue, 2 Nov. 2023 Black toes, dark liner and pink gloss tied it all together.—Essence Beauty Editors, Essence, 30 Oct. 2023 The mirrored vanity storage case holds 75 pieces of nail art, body glitter, eye shadows, brushes, lip glosses, glitter gloss, and more.—Maya Polton, Parents, 7 Nov. 2023 Stir in pecans and vanilla; stir 1 to 2 minutes until mixture begins to lose its gloss.—Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 28 Oct. 2023 The smooth, creamy texture is easy to reapply in the bathroom while at a beauty dinner, or to shade in the lips underneath a clear gloss.—India Espy-Jones, Essence, 25 Oct. 2023 At her show in San Diego, for example, her lips were lined in a dark chestnut shade with a warm, golden gloss to complement her hair.—India Espy-Jones, Essence, 26 Oct. 2023
Smoke & Dough draws on that heritage and its savory-sweet palette, and answers the question of what true Miami barbecue might taste like: ribs glossed with guava-ancho barbecue sauce, brisket rubbed with Cuban coffee, housemade pastrami tequeños, black beans baked with pineapple.—Melissa Clark, New York Times, 18 Sep. 2023 L’oreal Professionnel Liss Control Serum was used to gloss the ends of braids.—India Espy-Jones, Essence, 21 Sep. 2023 There is this notion that kids are like, [influenced by] Kylie Jenner and this injectable [culture] and have to look presentable and glossed up all the time.—K.j. Yossman, Variety, 25 Aug. 2023 Her decision is a poignant nod to climate change, but it could also be glossed as a salvo against a controlling parent.—Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 31 July 2023 Make space on the table for a straightforward tostada mixta glossed with garlicky salsa negra.—Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2023 The wheels were the sole big-ticket option at $3950, while the Night package, which swaps all the exterior brightwork to gloss black, tacked on another $750.—Andrew Krok, Car and Driver, 13 June 2023 Complementing the dark elegance of her dress is her makeup look: classic minimal eyeliner and a dramatic red lip; her hair, currently a dark blonde, blown out and glossed to within an inch of its life.—Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 21 Feb. 2023 Don’t overlook a sleeper of Bloomsdale spinach lolling in roasted garlic broth and glossed with brown butter.—Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2023 See More
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akin to Middle High German glosen to glow, shine; akin to Old English geolu yellow
alteration (by conformation to its Latin and Greek source) of glose, gloze, going back to Middle English glose, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Medieval Latin glōsa, glōssa "tongue, language, commentary on a word or passage, compilation of such commentaries" (Latin, "collection of unfamiliar words"), borrowed from Greek glôssa, (Attic) glôtta, (Ionic) glássa "tongue, language, obscure word requiring explanation," derivative in *-i̯ā from the stem of a presumed root noun *glṓks "point, something pointed," perhaps going back to an Indo-European nominative *glōgh-s, genitive *gl̥gh-ós; from the same base Greek glôches "awns of a head of grain," glōchī́s "projecting point (as the end of a yoke fastening or the barb of an arrow)"
Despite its Indo-European look, this set of Greek words has no definite congeners in other Indo-European languages; kinship with Slavic *glogŭ "hawthorn" (Czech hloh, Polish głóg, Serbian & Croatian glȍg; Russian glog "dogwood") is uncertain.
alteration (after gloss entry 3) of glose, gloze, going back to Middle English glosen, borrowed from Anglo-French gloser, borrowed from Medieval Latin glōsāre, glōssāre, verbal derivative of glōsa, glōssa "commentary on a word or passage, compilation of such commentaries" — more at gloss entry 3