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cos·met·ic

 (kŏz-mĕt′ĭk)
n.
1. A preparation, such as powder or a skin cream, designed to beautify the body by direct application.
2. Something superficial that is used to cover a deficiency or defect.
adj.
1. Serving to beautify the body, especially the face and hair.
2. Serving to modify or improve the appearance of a bodily feature, defect, or irregularity: cosmetic therapy.
3.
a. Decorative rather than functional: cosmetic fenders on cars.
b. Lacking depth or significance; superficial: made a few cosmetic changes when she took over the company.

[French cosmétique, from Greek kosmētikos, skilled in arranging, from kosmētos, well-ordered, from kosmein, to arrange, from kosmos, order.]

cos·met′i·cal·ly adv.
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cosmetic

(kɒzˈmɛtɪk)
n
any preparation applied to the body, esp the face, with the intention of beautifying it
adj
1. serving or designed to beautify the body, esp the face
2. having no other function than to beautify: cosmetic illustrations in a book.
3. derogatory designed to cover up a greater flaw or deficiency; superficial: their resignation is a cosmetic exercise.
[C17: from Greek kosmētikos, from kosmein to arrange, from kosmos order]
cosˈmetically adv
cosˌmetiˈcology n
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cos•met•ic

(kɒzˈmɛt ɪk)

n.
1. a powder, lotion, cream, or other preparation for beautifying the face, skin, hair, nails, etc.
2. cosmetics, superficial measures to make something seem better than it is.
adj.
3. serving to impart or improve beauty, esp. of the face: cosmetic surgery.
4. used or done superficially to make something seem better than it is.
[1595–1605; < Greek kosmētikós relating to adornment =kosmēt(ós), v. adj. of kosmeîn to order, adorn, derivative of kósmos order, adornment + -ikos -ic]
cos•met′i•cal•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cosmetic - a toiletry designed to beautify the bodycosmetic - a toiletry designed to beautify the body
depilator, epilator, depilatory - a cosmetic for temporary removal of undesired hair
highlighter - a cosmetic used to highlight the eyes or cheekbones
makeup, make-up, war paint - cosmetics applied to the face to improve or change your appearance
nail enamel, nail polish, nail varnish - a cosmetic lacquer that dries quickly and that is applied to the nails to color them or make them shiny
pencil - a cosmetic in a long thin stick; designed to be applied to a particular part of the face; "an eyebrow pencil"
toilet articles, toiletry - artifacts used in making your toilet (washing and taking care of your body)
Adj.1.cosmetic - serving an esthetic rather than a useful purpose; "cosmetic fenders on cars"; "the buildings were utilitarian rather than decorative"
nonfunctional - not having or performing a function
2.cosmetic - serving an aesthetic purpose in beautifying the body; "cosmetic surgery"; "enhansive makeup"
aesthetical, esthetic, esthetical, aesthetic - concerning or characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste; "the aesthetic faculties"; "an aesthetic person"; "aesthetic feeling"; "the illustrations made the book an aesthetic success"
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cosmetic

adjective superficial, surface, touching-up, nonessential It is a cosmetic measure which will not help the situation in the long run.
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Translations
تَجْميلـيمُسْتَحْضَـر تَجْمـيـل
kosmetickýkosmetický prostředek
kosmetikkosmetisk
kozmetikaikozmetikai szer
fegrunar-snyrtivara
kosmetikakosmetikos specialistaskosmetinis
kozmetickýkozmetický prostriedok
ličilo
güzelleştiricikozmetikmakyaj malzemesi

cosmetic

[kɒzˈmetɪk]
A. ADJcosmético
the changes are merely cosmetic (fig) → los cambios son puramente cosméticos
B. N (often pl) → cosmético m
C. CPD cosmetic preparation Ncosmético m
cosmetic surgery Ncirugía f estética
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cosmetic

[kɒzˈmɛtɪk]
nproduit m de beauté, cosmétique m cosmetics
nplcosmétiques mpl
adj
[product, preparation] → cosmétique
(= superficial) [reforms] → superficiel(le); [measure] → symboliquecosmetic surgery nchirurgie f esthétique
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cosmetic

adj (lit, fig)kosmetisch
nKosmetikum nt, → Schönheitspflegemittel nt
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cosmetic

[kɒzˈmɛtɪk]
1. adj (preparation) → cosmetico/a; (surgery) → estetico/a (fig) (reforms) → solo apparente
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cosmetic

(kozˈmetik) adjective
designed to increase the beauty and hide the defects of something, especially the face. She had cosmetic surgery to improve the shape of her nose.
noun
a preparation for this purpose. She's quite pretty – she does not need to wear so many cosmetics (= lipstick, eye-shadow etc).
cosmetician (ˈkozmətiʃən) noun
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cos·met·ic

n. cosmético;
a. cósmetico-a.
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cosmetic

adj & n cosmético
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Specialized cosmetic techniques have advanced accordingly and have reached a substantial level of sophistication.
The program teaches cancer patients hands-on cosmetic techniques to help them cope with appearance-related side effects from chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments.
Nonsurgical cosmetic techniques are becoming ever-more popular as people look to combat fine lines and sagging skin.
TIME was when using cosmetic techniques to look younger meant going under the knife.
Toledo explainedHe pointed out that the rapid advances in modern science have made it possible for women to benefit from very advanced modern cosmetic techniques like the "Silhouette Lift", which is a procedure to enhance the face, something in between fillers and the traditional facelift.
Tay, an experienced beauty therapist, provides information on health and beauty care for older people, with instructions on appropriate cosmetic techniques such as manicures, pedicures, herbal remedies, hair removal, skin care, and makeup application.
She spent a day at the college's campus at Aldridge Road, Great Barr, demonstrating her cosmetic techniques for the camera.