cosmeticize

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cos·met·i·cize

 (kŏz-mĕt′ĭ-sīz′)
tr.v. cos·met·i·cized, cos·met·i·ciz·ing, cos·met·i·ciz·es
To make superficially attractive or acceptable: "cosmeticized packages of song and dance for easy audience consumption" (Saturday Review).

cosmeticize

(kɒzˈmɛtɪˌsaɪz) or

cosmeticise

vb (tr)
to give (someone or something) a cosmetic treatment

cos•met•i•cize

(kɒzˈmɛt əˌsaɪz)

v.t. -cized, -ciz•ing.
to improve superficially; cause to seem better or more attractive.
[1815–25]
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Ozick believes that the false Anne Frank, more successfully marketed than the actual one--though readers can find it in the unexpurgated diary published in 1995--not only transforms a great writer into a lesser one but in the case of Anne, who has become for many a symbol of the Holocaust, cosmeticizes that tragedy and is itself a tragedy.