cos|met|ic


cos|met|ic
cos|met|ic «koz MEHT ihk», noun, adjective, verb, -met|icked, -met|ick|ing.
–n.
1. a preparation for beautifying the skin, hair, or nails. Powder, rouge, lipstick, and face creams are cosmetics.
2. Figurative. anything that covers up blemishes or defects: »

Preference for the term “quick entry” over the scorned catchword “no-knock” provides glaring evidence of the way in which Government currently uses words as cosmetics... (New York Times).

–adj.
1. beautifying to the skin, hair, or nails: »

a cosmetic cream for the face.

2. having to do with cosmetics.
3. Figurative. of or for covering up blemishes or defects: »

Landscaping of our buildings…can be no more than a cosmetic device (David Rockefeller).

–v.t.
to treat with cosmetics: »

Coarsely cosmeticked, her face looks like [an aerial] photograph of Utah (Time).

[< Greek kosmētikós skilled in arranging, relating to order, adornment < kósmos order, universe]
cos|met´i|cal|ly, adverb.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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