sug·​ar·​coat | \ ˈshu̇-gər-ˌkōt How to pronounce sugarcoat (audio) \
sugarcoated; sugarcoating; sugarcoats

Definition of sugarcoat

transitive verb

1 : to coat with sugar
2 : to make superficially attractive or palatable

Examples of sugarcoat in a Sentence

She has very strong opinions, and she doesn't try to sugarcoat them.
Recent Examples on the Web There’s no way to sugarcoat the Browns’ face plant so far this season. Jim Ingraham, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 So, where does that leave a music festival that refuses to sugarcoat a deep ambivalence with its own premise? Hannah Edgar,, 6 Oct. 2021 Lindgren didn’t exactly sugarcoat the performance of the quarterbacks. oregonlive, 8 Sep. 2021 There is no way to sugarcoat the necessity for it: our criminal justice system practically denies Black people the presumption of innocence while extending it to police officers. Douglas Haynes, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 No way to sugarcoat it — this is an abysmal rating. Sean-michael Pigeon, National Review, 12 Aug. 2021 Many of the American rhythmic gymnasts don’t sugarcoat their chance at winning. Claire Galofaro, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 Aug. 2021 There's really no way to sugarcoat what the loss of Oklahoma and Texas would mean to the conference. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, 22 July 2021 Clyde, a Georgia Republican, has repeatedly sought to downplay the Capitol riot and sugarcoat the actions of former President Donald Trump and his supporters. Paul Leblanc, CNN, 16 June 2021

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First Known Use of sugarcoat

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sugarcoat

back-formation from sugarcoated

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The first known use of sugarcoat was in 1858

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26 Nov 2021

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“Sugarcoat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sugarcoat

: to talk about or describe (something) in a way that makes it seem more pleasant or acceptable than it is

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