from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To minimize or underplay; gloss: glozed over the embarrassing part. See Synonyms at palliate.
- intransitive v. Archaic To use flattery or cajolery.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A comment in the margin.
- n. Flattery.
- n. False appearance.
- n. A specious show, a deceit.
- v. To extenuate, explain away, gloss over.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Flattery; adulation; smooth speech.
- n. Specious show; gloss.
- intransitive v. To flatter; to wheedle; to fawn; to talk smoothly.
- intransitive v. To give a specious or false meaning; to ministerpret.
- transitive v. To smooth over; to palliate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To explain: expound; comment upon; same as gloss, transitive verb, 1.
- To flatter; wheedle; caress; coax.
- To put a fair face upon; gloss over; extenuate.
- To use glosses; practise glossing: same as gloss, intransitive verb, 1.
- To talk speciously and smoothly; use flattery.
- n. Explanation; comment; gloss. See gloss, n.
- n. Specious talk; flattery; adulation; idle words.
- n. Specious show; gloss.
During the 19th century, "gloze" briefly took on the additional meaning "to brighten" (adapting the meaning of another, unrelated "gloss" referring to luster or brightness), but by the end of that century all uses of "gloze" had faded into relative obscurity.
Seek not to impute folly to the goddesses, in the attempt to gloze o'er thy own sin; never wilt thou persuade the wise.
What she wants, really, is to keep you entranced forever in the soft silly gloze of adolescence, to have you perpetually saying farewell to the warm womb but never once peeking out for just one look at reality.
A gloss of genuine religious revulsion and sense of duty would have to gloze over the malice entailed.
For vaunting that with his tongue he can well gloze over injustice, he dares to work deceit, but he is not over-wise.
The speech of truth is simple, and those things which are just need not wily interpretations; for they have energy themselves; but the unjust speech, unsound in itself, requires cunning preparations to gloze it.
Official attempts to gloze over the incident would have been amusing if they were not pathetic.
The ham dip gaed up the lum in a gloze, an 'here was Sandy an' Dauvid's wife lyin 'i' the middle o 'a' the mairter o 'rubbitch.
He knew his father never cared for him, though his mother tried her best to gloze over the indifference of her husband.
This case, so pathetically ordinary that most of us are debased by acquaintance with similar, to this girl was fresh, and striking her in all its inexcusable barbarity without any extenuating gloze, made her furious with pained and righteous indignation.
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