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 There's no point sugarcoating it, Fred's performances were underwhelming in his first season at Manchester United, having signed for £52m last summer., "Fred: Why Manchester United Must Give the £52m Brazilian a Chance to Shine," 9 Sep. 2019 There’s also frustration over a view that Japanese school books sugarcoat past brutalities. Washington Post, "There’s history behind worsening Seoul-Tokyo trade dispute," 20 Aug. 2019 Fans want to hear it all, not to have some guy sugarcoat it all the time. Sainted & Tainted Writers, Twin Cities, "Tainted: Bert Blyleven tells it like it is! Don’t uncircle Bert!," 31 Aug. 2019 The dire nature of the predicament can’t be sugarcoated. Alex Speier,, "Is it time for Red Sox starters to become rovers again?," 16 Aug. 2019 There’s no way of sugarcoating this: Earthquake insurance is expensive. David Lazarus,, "Earthquake insurance: Is it worth it?," 9 July 2019 Levinson doesn't sugarcoat reality, however uneven or insubstantial storylines may seem to viewers or critics. Jason Parham, WIRED, "In Praise of Euphoria, the Perfect Anti-Binge TV Show," 6 Aug. 2019 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW And that was why Lahoud didn’t sugarcoat SAFC’s 3-2 loss to Sacramento Republic FC on Saturday in a United Soccer League contest before 6,243 at Toyota Field. Terrence Thomas,, "SAFC’s late rally comes up short," 4 Aug. 2019 The darker parts of our past, such as the Civil War, slavery, the wholesale genocide of Native Americans, and, perhaps most relevant to this particular instance, the Japanese Internment camps, are either forgotten about entirely or sugarcoated. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Americans Can't Admit Concentration Camps Exist in the U.S. Because They're Shameless," 20 June 2019

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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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15 Oct 2019

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The first known use of sugarcoat was in 1858

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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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