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.
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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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19 Feb 2020

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“Sugarcoat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 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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