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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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While Allen sugarcoats the music -- a bit of calypso here (``LDN''), reggae and ska everywhere, hip-hop and even a little oom-pah-pah (``Alfie'') -- she's the kind of girl who will say anything on her mind and that can be nasty, cheeky, ironic, vindictive.
Q: Do you think the music softens the message, or maybe sugarcoats it?
But Spurlock sugarcoats the facts: George has complained about how the episode suggests he has softened his views, insisting he hasn't.