Meaning of COSMETIC in English

COSMETIC

[cos.met.ic] adj [Gk kosmetikos skilled in adornment, fr. kosmein to arrange, adorn, fr. kosmos order] (1650) 1: of, relating to, or making for beauty esp. of the complexion: beautifying "~ salves"

2: done or made for the sake of appearance: as a: correcting defects esp. of the face "~ surgery" b: decorative, ornamental c: not substantive: superficial "~ changes"

3: visually appealing -- cos.met.i.cal.ly adv

[2]cosmetic n (1650): something that is cosmetic: as a: a cosmetic preparation for external use b pl: superficial features "a poem without rhetorical ~s --Guy Davenport"

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