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 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 Biggs and Rauh sugarcoat their plan by calculating that a $5,000 loan would require a maximum deferral of just under five months, for a worker with very low income taking the loan at age 60. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Republicans seek to exploit COVID-19 crisis to cut Social Security benefits," 11 May 2020 Halle Berry isn't sugarcoating the challenges of homeschooling during the coronavirus outbreak. Jen Juneau,, "Halle Berry Says Homeschooling Her Two Kids Is a 'Nightmare': They're 'Not Learning Anything'," 1 May 2020 All of that said, Gates doesn’t sugarcoat the impact of a national lockdown. oregonlive, "Bill Gates knew we weren’t ready for coronavirus pandemic; he says we must combat it with ‘6-10 weeks’ of lockdown -- and innovation," 25 Mar. 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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14 Sep 2020

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“Sugarcoat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 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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