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cosmetic Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a toiletry designed to beautify the body
  2. adjective satellite serving an esthetic rather than a useful purpose
    decorative; ornamental.
    • cosmetic fenders on cars
    • the buildings were utilitarian rather than decorative
  3. adjective satellite serving an aesthetic purpose in beautifying the body
    • cosmetic surgery
    • enhansive makeup

Cos*met"ic, Cos*met"ic*al adjective (Also<
  • Cosmetic
  • Cosmetical
Gr. kosmitiko`s skilled in decorating, fr. ko`smos order, ornament: cf. F. cosmétique. See Cosmos.
  1. Imparting or improving beauty, particularly the beauty of the complexion; as, a cosmetical preparation.
    First, robed in white, the nymph intent adores, With head uncovered, the cosmetic powers. Pope.
Cos*met"ic noun
  1. Any external application intended to beautify and improve the complexion.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

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