sug·​ar·​coat | \ˈshu̇-gər-ˌkōt \
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.

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Both movies offer a sense of hope without sugarcoating the very real challenges faced by their subjects. Michael O’sullivan, kansascity, "Oscar’s documentary shorts: Timely issues and intimate portraits," 15 Feb. 2018 Broadway might not be the ideal home for a play that has no interest in sugarcoating its truth. Charles Mcnulty,, "Glenda Jackson steals the show in a thrilling, emotionally affecting 'Three Tall Women' on Broadway," 30 Mar. 2018 Cole Beasley didn’t sugarcoat his 2017 season, calling it the worst of his career. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Why Cowboys' Cole Beasley is confident he'll rebound from worst season of career," 13 June 2018 There’s no sugarcoating the fact that these deployments can be difficult on families. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "Another day, another war for Texas Guard," 16 May 2018 Life was hard for kids during the Great Depression and World War II, and parents didn’t sugarcoat the evil in the world. Jennifer Fisher, Smithsonian, "The Adventurous Writer Who Brought Nancy Drew To Life," 2 July 2018 The thing about Tarell Basham’s rookie season: No one ever seemed to sugarcoat it. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "Colts: In new scheme, Tarell Basham gets his chance to flourish," 10 June 2018 The keynote speaker at Clark Magnet High School’s graduation Wednesday evening did not sugarcoat the issues that might lie ahead for the new graduates. Anthony Clark Carpio,, "Clark Magnet celebrates its largest graduating class," 8 June 2018 The holier-than-thou hypocrisy of big media companies who lay claim to the truth, but publish only enough to sugarcoat the lie, is why the public no longer respects them. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Elon Musk veers off the road in assailing the media," 29 May 2018

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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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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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