Share this entry

edulcorate Line breaks: edul¦cor|ate
Pronunciation: /ɪˈdʌlkəreɪt/

Definition of edulcorate in English:


[with object] rare
Make (something) more acceptable or palatable: the traditional folk song is today often edulcorated by unwarranted accompaniments
More 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.


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



Pronunciation: /ɪdʌlkəˈrɛɪʃ(ə)n/
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.

Definition of edulcorate in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

More on edulcorate

Nearby words

Translate edulcorate

into Italian
Word of the day coiffeur
Pronunciation: kwɑːˈfəː
a hairdresser