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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).
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(kɒzˈmɛtɪˌsaɪz) or


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

v.t. -cized, -ciz•ing.
to improve superficially; cause to seem better or more attractive.
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261, 295 (2006); see also Arthurs, supra note 8, at 30 (arguing that corporate self-regulation in the form of codes of conduct "facilitate or normalize the shift of power from unions and workers to employers" by "masking or cosmeticizing the decline of state labor law"); Kolben, supra note 5, at 228-29 ("Critics [of PLR] are concerned that private regulation threatens and possibly undermines public regulation.").
This may serve as a counterbalance to how our culture handles death - by denial and avoidance and cosmeticizing.
America is also a culture hell-bent on denying the fact of Death--by ignoring, cosmeticizing, or euphemizing it--and, like it or not, death is intimately involved with sex: Eros and Thanatos, the perennial couple.