Definition of sugarcoat in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈSHo͝oɡərˌkōt/


[with object]
1Coat (an item of food) with sugar: (as adjective sugarcoated) sugarcoated almonds
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  • Products include chocolate coated raisins, peanuts and Brazil nuts as well as mint imperials, popcorn, mini-eggs and sugar-coated almonds.
  • The mice are white and pink sugar-coated aniseeds.
  • Tufts University researchers found that children who ate instant oatmeal performed 5 to 12 percent better on spatial memory tests than did children who ate sugar-coated cereal or no breakfast at all.
1.1Make superficially attractive or acceptable: you won’t see him sugarcoat the truth
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  • Anthony takes you behind the scenes, and has no intention of sugar-coating the facts.
  • Gibb said: ‘The position will not be sugar-coated for them.’
  • The principal sugar-coated it and made it sound like she was trying to take the financial burden off of our parents.
1.2Make excessively sentimental: the filmmakers' proficiency is overpowered by their tendency to sugarcoat the material
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  • This story is so sugar-coated, sappy, and sickly sweet that I contracted diabetes while watching it.
  • As unique as this aspect of the film is, there's no arguing with the fact that this is sugar-coated sappy romance.
  • There is a clear affinity between actor and character that spills over into the sunny nature of a film that could so easily have seemed twee or sugar-coated.

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Syllabification: sug·ar·coat

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