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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Even in her children’s books, Ms. Nasrallah would hardly sugarcoat the horrors of military conflict. Sam Roberts,, "Emily Nasrallah, 86, Lebanese novelist and activist," 17 Mar. 2018 In fact, vulnerable and honest stories like Davidson’s that refuse to sugarcoat the realities of mental illness and suicidal ideation send exactly the right kind of message to somebody in a tough place mentally. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Why It's a Good Thing Pete Davidson Is Talking About His Suicidal Thoughts," 4 Dec. 2018 To their credit, Mr. Flannery and Ms. Miller haven’t sugarcoated GE’s challenges during their brief tenures—a stark contrast to over three decades of careful corporate stage-management for Wall Street. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "GE Will Be Dead Money for a While," 20 July 2018 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

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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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