Definition of edulcorate in English:


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transitive verb

[with object] rare
  • Make (something) more acceptable or palatable.

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/əˈdəlkəˌrāt/ /əˈdəlkəˌreɪt/


Mid 17th century from medieval Latin edulcorat- ‘sweetened’, from the verb edulcorare, from Latin e (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + dulcor ‘sweetness’.