a powder, lotion, lipstick, rouge, or other preparation for beautifying the face, skin, hair, nails, etc.
cosmetics, superficial measures to make something appear better, more attractive, or more impressive: The budget committee opted for cosmetics instead of a serious urban renewal plan.
serving to beautify; imparting or improving beauty, especially of the face.
used or done superficially to make something look better, more attractive, or more impressive: Alterations in the concert hall were only cosmetic and did nothing to improve the acoustics.

1595–1605; < Greek kosmētikós relating to adornment, equivalent to kosmēt(ós) adorned, arranged (verbid of kosmeîn, derivative of kósmos order, arrangement) + -ikos -ic

cosmetically, adverb
anticosmetics, adjective Unabridged
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cosmetic (kɒzˈmɛtɪk)
1.  any preparation applied to the body, esp the face, with the intention of beautifying it
2.  serving or designed to beautify the body, esp the face
3.  having no other function than to beautify: cosmetic illustrations in a book
4.  derogatory designed to cover up a greater flaw or deficiency; superficial: their resignation is a cosmetic exercise
[C17: from Greek kosmētikos, from kosmein to arrange, from kosmos order]

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Word Origin & History

1605, from Gk. kosmetikos "skilled in adornment," from kosmein "to arrange, adorn," from kosmos "order" (see cosmos). Fig. sense of "superficial" is from 1955.
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cosmetic cos·met·ic (kŏz-mět'ĭk)
A preparation, such as powder or a skin cream, designed to beautify the body by direct application. adj.

  1. Serving to beautify the body, especially the face and hair.

  2. Serving to modify or improve the appearance of a physical feature, defect, or irregularity.

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Example sentences for cosmetically
Cosmetically the scar for modern caesareans is below the bikini line.
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