cosmetic

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French cosmétique, from Ancient Greek κοσμητική (kosmētikḗ, the art of dress and ornament), κοσμητικός (kosmētikós), from κοσμητής (kosmētḗs, orderer, director, decorator), from κοσμέω (kosméō, to order, to arrange, to rule, to adorn, to equip, to dress, to embellish).

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /kɒzˈmɛtɪk/
  • (US) IPA(key): /kɑzˈmɛtɪk/
  • (file)

AdjectiveEdit

cosmetic (comparative more cosmetic, superlative most cosmetic)

  1. Imparting or improving beauty, particularly the beauty of the complexion.
    a cosmetic preparation
    Coordinate term: aesthetic
  2. External or superficial; pertaining only to the surface or appearance of something.
    Fortunately, the damage to the house was mostly cosmetic and a bit of paint covered it nicely.

Derived termsEdit

Related termsEdit

TranslationsEdit

NounEdit

cosmetic (plural cosmetics)

  1. Any substances applied to enhance the external color or texture of the skin, e.g. lipstick, eyeshadow, eyeliner; makeup.
  2. A feature existing only on the surface.
  3. An intangible influence that improves the overall perception of some thing or situation.
    • 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 3, page 217:
      All depends upon circumstances—anger as much as any thing else. Interest is your only true cosmetic for smoothing the brow.

SynonymsEdit

HyponymsEdit

TranslationsEdit

See alsoEdit

 
English Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia

Further readingEdit


RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French cosmétique.

AdjectiveEdit

cosmetic m or n (feminine singular cosmetică, masculine plural cosmetici, feminine and neuter plural cosmetice)

  1. cosmetic

DeclensionEdit