[koz-met-ik] /kɒzˈmɛt ɪk/
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.
any preparation applied to the body, esp the face, with the intention of beautifying it
serving or designed to beautify the body, esp the face
having no other function than to beautify: cosmetic illustrations in a book
(derogatory) designed to cover up a greater flaw or deficiency; superficial: their resignation is a cosmetic exercise
c.1600, “art of beautifying,” from Latinized form of Greek kosmetike (tekhne) “the art of dress and ornament,” from fem. of kosmetikos (see cosmetic (adj.)). Meaning “a preparation for beautifying” attested from 1640s (now often cosmetics).
1640s, from French cosmétique (16c.), from Greek kosmetikos “skilled in adornment or arrangement,” from kosmein “to arrange, adorn,” from kosmos “order” (see cosmos). Figurative sense of “superficial” is from 1955. Related: Cosmetically.
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.
[koz-mi-tish-uh n] /ˌkɒz mɪˈtɪʃ ən/ noun 1. a person who manufactures or sells . 2. a person professionally engaged in the application of . /ˌkɒzmɪˈtɪʃən/ noun 1. a person who makes, sells, or applies cosmetics
[koz-met-uh-sahyz] /kɒzˈmɛt əˌsaɪz/ verb (used with object), cosmeticized, cosmeticizing. 1. to improve superficially; cause to seem better or more attractive.
noun 1. plastic surgery for improving a person’s appearance by restoration of damaged areas of skin, removal of wrinkles or blemishes, etc. noun 1. surgery performed to improve the appearance, rather than for medical reasons cosmetic surgery n. Surgery that modifies or improves the appearance of a physical feature, irregularity, or defect.
[koz-mi-tahyz] /ˈkɒz mɪˌtaɪz/ verb (used with object), cosmetized, cosmetizing. 1. to .