Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To make superficially attractive or acceptable: "cosmeticized packages of song and dance for easy audience consumption” ( Saturday Review).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make attractive, to superficially improve the appearance of

Etymologies

cosmetic +‎ -ize (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This culture of relentlessly dishonest and utterly ignorant pure hate which is ubiquitous all over low-brow, rightwing radio is nothing other than Vile Poison, even though right wing apologists try to cosmeticize this swill as merely "entertainment".

    Talk Radio is a Cancerous Blight on the Nation; Not "Entertainment".

  • It is a word that implies finesse and expertise, if not actual art, and it is a chilling unconscious effort to normalize and cosmeticize the awful and gross reality of real-world torture.

    Daniel Menaker: Boehner's blunder

  • JOHN ROBERTS, CNN ANCHOR: "Her down-home, divisive and deceptive speech did nothing to cosmeticize a Republican convention that has more than twice as many male delegates as female, a presidential candidate who is owned and operated by the right wing and a platform that opposes pretty much everything Clinton's candidacy stood for."

    CNN Transcript Sep 4, 2008

  • Some of them like Barcode Maker simply cosmeticize the Google Chart API while others like ZXing have full MECARD encoding.

    Netvouz - new bookmarks

  • Her down-home, divisive and deceptive speech did nothing to cosmeticize a Republican convention that has more than twice as many male delegates as female, a presidential candidate who is owned and operated by the right wing and a platform that opposes pretty much everything Clinton's candidacy stood for - and that Barack

    BitsBlog

  • Her down-home, divisive and deceptive speech did nothing to cosmeticize a Republican convention that has more than twice as many male delegates as female, a presidential candidate who is owned and operated by the right wing and a platform that opposes pretty much everything Clinton's candidacy stood for -- and that Barack Obama's still does.

    HolyCoast.com

  • Her down-home, divisive and deceptive speech did nothing to cosmeticize a Republican convention that has more than twice as many male delegates as female, a presidential candidate who is owned and operated by the right wing and a platform that opposes pretty much everything Clinton's candidacy stood for - and that Barack Obama's still does.

    Sweetness & Light

  • Her down-home, divisive and deceptive speech did nothing to cosmeticize

    Crooks and Liars

  • "Her down-home, divisive and deceptive speech did nothing to cosmeticize a Republican convention that has more than twice as many male delegates as female, a presidential candidate who is owned and operated by the right wing and that opposes pretty much everything Clinton's candidacy stood for - and that Barack Obama's still does."

    The Washington Times stories: Latest Headlines

  • Her down-home, divisive and deceptive speech did nothing to cosmeticize a Republican convention that has more than twice as many male delegates as female,

    Lone Star Times

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