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tr.v. sug·ar·coat·ed, sug·ar·coat·ing, sug·ar·coats
1. To cause to seem more appealing or pleasant: a sentimental treatment that sugarcoats a harsh reality.
2. To coat with sugar: sugarcoat a pill.


(ˈʃʊg ərˌkoʊt)

1. to cover with sugar.
2. to make (something difficult or distasteful) appear more pleasant or acceptable.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.sugarcoat - coat with something sweet, such as a hard sugar glaze
dulcify, dulcorate, edulcorate, sweeten - make sweeter in taste
2.sugarcoat - cause to appear more pleasant or appealing; "The mayor did not sugarcoat the reality of the tax cuts"
spin - twist and turn so as to give an intended interpretation; "The President's spokesmen had to spin the story to make it less embarrassing"


1. To make superficially more acceptable or appealing:
2. To give a deceptively attractive appearance to:
Idioms: paper over, put a good face on.
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This sugarcoated article on how noble it is to shoot and kill animals perpetuates the myth that hunters actually care about the animals they kill and the land on which they live.
While in general there may be a "don't kill the messenger" mentality which causes individuals to avoid the delivery of bad news, norms can vary such that in some organizations the norm is to provide negative feedback that is direct, rather than avoided or sugarcoated.
This is a mish-mash of romantic clichs, with Channing Tatum (shirt off whenever possible) and supercute Amanda Seyfried at least seeming to take the sugarcoated nonsense as seriously as possible.
Narrow victories masked many of USC's shortcomings and created a sugarcoated view of the program for the better part of a month.
Under the smiling, sugarcoated tourist trap facade lies a complicated web of deceit, greed and murder.
Thankfully, Younger doesn't feel the need for a sugarcoated, fairy-tale ending but his ponderous, wintry coda is surplus to requirements.