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
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.
Marziano said he didn't want to "sugarcoat" the multimillion-dollar expense.
Harvey said while normal history classes touches on racism, this program doesn't "sugarcoat" anything.
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.