verb (used with object)
to cover with sugar: to sugarcoat a pill.
to make (something difficult or distasteful) appear more pleasant or acceptable: There was no way to sugarcoat the bad news.

1865–70; sugar + coat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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1. coat with something sweet, such as a hard sugar glaze 
2. cause to appear more pleasant or appealing; "The mayor did not sugarcoat the reality of the tax cuts" 
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Example sentences
Clearly, there is no way to sugarcoat what our state is going through.
Provide clear information, it doesn't help to sugarcoat or minimize.
Proponents of such common ownership try to sugarcoat this bitter pill by putting in revenue and/or size limitations.
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