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 Tim Tibesar did not sugarcoat his assessment of the Beavers' subpar performance. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Oregon State Beavers defense gets back to fundamentals after subpar performance vs. Washington State," 11 Nov. 2020 In the pre-social media era, Siegel’s reviews generated an avalanche of spirited letters to the editor, and her naysayers did not sugarcoat their feelings. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "The highs and lows of early Twin Cities dining scene detailed by influential critic Joan Siegel," 28 Oct. 2020 Ron goes on the radio and doesn’t sugarcoat anything. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "The Padres, in the playoffs for the first time in 14 years, have San Diego going wild," 30 Sep. 2020 Sean Davis won’t sugarcoat the state of Blue River, a once idyllic town in the heart of Oregon’s McKenzie River valley. oregonlive, "Watch: Oregon town of Blue River reduced to ash, rubble by Holiday Farm fire," 11 Sep. 2020 Don’t sugarcoat it, Tammy Simendinger told the doctor at Mercy Health-West Hospital. Anne Saker, The Enquirer, "COVID-19: A family in Harrison, the coronavirus, The Wait and the dread," 21 Aug. 2020 Each of these women has calmly refused to sugarcoat the threat, or to predict easy victory in the manner of Trump. David A. Bell, Fortune, "Why female leaders are faring better than ‘wartime presidents’ against COVID-19," 20 Aug. 2020 Busy, stressed people may be more direct, less diplomatic or less likely to sugarcoat their words. oregonlive, "Horoscope for August 17, 2020: Cancer, go with your heart; Capricorn, don’t get bogged down," 17 Aug. 2020 The directors highlight Boockvar’s deep involvement in cancer research and don’t sugarcoat the frustrations Langer faces in balancing patient care, his mentees’ educations and administrative responsibilities. Judy Berman, Time, "Netflix Docuseries Lenox Hill Is a Moving, Timely Look at the Everyday Heroism of Doctors," 3 June 2020

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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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25 Nov 2020

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“Sugarcoat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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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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