Word of the Day: Cosmeticize
Monday, January 20, 2020
Word of the Day
Word of the Day from Merriam Webster Dictionary, Jan 2, 2020
cosmeticize : verb
Definition: to make (something unpleasant or ugly) superficially attractive
Did You Know?
Cosmeticize first appeared in print in the early 19th century as a descendant of the noun cosmetic. Originally, its use was often literal, with the meaning "to apply a cosmetic to," but today it is more frequently used figuratively. Cosmeticize does occasionally draw criticism; usage commentators are sometimes irritated by verbs coined using -ize as they can sound like silly nonce words. Cosmeticize is fairly well established, however, in contrast with the two other rarer verbs that have been derived from cosmetic: cosmetize and the homograph cosmetic, which often turn up in literal senses ("cosmetize the face"; "a face cosmeticked with bright rouge").