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cosmetic +‎ -ize


cosmeticize (third-person singular simple present cosmeticizes, present participle cosmeticizing, simple past and past participle cosmeticized)

  1. To make attractive, to superficially improve the appearance of
    • 2000 January 7, Don Rose, “What a Whitewash”, in Chicago Reader[1]:
      But to ignore or attempt to cosmeticize Kelly's history of political and institutional racism is a disgrace.
    • 1990 May 18, Albert Williams, “On Stage: LAPD's theater of the homeless”, in Chicago Reader[2]:
      In our work, we don't try to cosmeticize anything.