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edulcorate Syllabification: e·dul·co·rate
Pronunciation: /əˈdəlkəˌrāt/

Definition of edulcorate in English:

verb

[with object] rare
Make (something) more acceptable or palatable.
Example sentences
  • To edulcorate the trade even more, you'll be able to bask unlimited free domestic long distance telephone calls as well as be able to access your voice mail messages over the Internet!
  • Perhaps you can edulcorate the deal with something they ask or dramatic play hard ball by bringing up a subject that will military unit them to shake in your favor.

Origin

Mid 17th century: from medieval Latin edulcorat- 'sweetened', from the verb edulcorare, from Latin e- (variant of ex-) 'out' + dulcor 'sweetness'.

Derivatives

edulcoration

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Pronunciation: /əˌdəlkəˈrāSH(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • What greatly helps the movie despite the edulcoration is whatever of Connell does survive, plus the better than usual production values.
  • The edulcoration notwithstanding, documents from the early period of Arab rule often depict a brutal murderous conquest.

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