American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To cause to seem more appealing or pleasant: a sentimental treatment that sugercoats a harsh reality.
- v. To coat with sugar: sugarcoat a pill.
- v. transitive To make superficially more attractive; to give a falsely pleasant appearance to.
- v. coat with something sweet, such as a hard sugar glaze
- v. cause to appear more pleasant or appealing
- sugar + coat; from the practice of coating medicinal tablets or pills with sugar in order to disguise their unpleasant taste (Wiktionary)
“Yes, yes, family isn't a great place to seek out feedback, but he's well-read and at his word to not "sugarcoat" his critique.”
“The memo about pressure from Staudt to "sugarcoat" Bush's evaluations is dated Aug. 18, 1973.”
“Unwilling to "sugarcoat" bitter disappointment, he was also mindful that there is more to his team than meets the eye, the ear or the stat sheet.”
“Papelbon isn't backing down from his initial comments, telling the Boston Globe that he's not there to "sugarcoat" anything.”
“Democratic Sen. LeRoy Stumpf of Plummer told his colleagues there was no way to "sugarcoat" the cuts, which amount to about $270 per pupil for the next two years.”
“GigaOm rebuked Sprint for attempting to "sugarcoat" the news by saying the company's commitment to quality would not change with the job cuts.”
“Each city or village en route has its own guide, and our St. Petersburg guide -- Natasha -- was a gem who, unlike the old Intourist guides, never tried to sugarcoat anything and spoke her mind - which was candid, wise and often irreverent.”
“Brands can quickly be destroyed through social networks these days, so you need to sugarcoat the message.”
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