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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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