Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cause to seem more appealing or pleasant: a sentimental treatment that sugercoats a harsh reality.
  • transitive v. To coat with sugar: sugarcoat a pill.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make superficially more attractive; to give a falsely pleasant appearance to.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. coat with something sweet, such as a hard sugar glaze
  • v. cause to appear more pleasant or appealing

Etymologies

sugar +‎ coat; from the practice of coating medicinal tablets or pills with sugar in order to disguise their unpleasant taste (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

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  • The memo about pressure from Staudt to "sugarcoat" Bush's evaluations is dated Aug. 18, 1973.

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  • 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.

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  • Papelbon isn't backing down from his initial comments, telling the Boston Globe that he's not there to "sugarcoat" anything.

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  • 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.

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  • GigaOm rebuked Sprint for attempting to "sugarcoat" the news by saying the company's commitment to quality would not change with the job cuts.

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  • Marziano said he didn't want to "sugarcoat" the multimillion-dollar expense.

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  • Harvey said while normal history classes touches on racism, this program doesn't "sugarcoat" anything.

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  • 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.

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  • Brands can quickly be destroyed through social networks these days, so you need to sugarcoat the message.

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