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gloze ‎(plural glozes)

  1. A comment in the margin.
  2. Flattery.
  3. False appearance.
  4. A specious show, a deceit.


gloze ‎(third-person singular simple present glozes, present participle glozing, simple past and past participle glozed)

  1. To extenuate, explain away, gloss over.
    • 1977, Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, Penguin Classics, p. 279:
      Of what were generative organs made? / And for what profit were those creatures wrought? / [...] / Gloze as you will and plead the explanation / That they were only made for the purgation / Of urine, little things of no avail / Except to know a female from a male []
    • William Shakespeare & Anonymous; Pericles, Prince of Tyre:
      Heaven, that I had thy head! he has found the meaning:
      But I will gloze with him. — Young prince of Tyre.
  2. To smooth over; to palliate.
    • I. Taylor
      By glozing the evil that is in the world.
    • 1906, E. A. Baker, Introduction to Moll Flanders and Roxana, G. Routledge & Sons (New York), p. xviii:
      …his contempt for every romantic or sentimental motive that would gloze over real causes, and represent the conduct of human beings rather as we would have it to be than as it is…