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Cosmetic definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

COSMETIC, a. s as z. [Gr., order, beauty.] Beautifying; improving beauty, particularly the beauty of the skin.
COSMETIC, n. Any preparation that renders the skin soft, pure and white, and helps to beautify and improve the complexion.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: serving an esthetic rather than a useful purpose; "cosmetic fenders on cars"; "the buildings were utilitarian rather than decorative" [syn: cosmetic, decorative, ornamental]
2: serving an aesthetic purpose in beautifying the body; "cosmetic surgery"; "enhansive makeup" [syn: cosmetic, enhancive] n
1: a toiletry designed to beautify the body

Merriam Webster's

I. adjective Etymology: Greek kosm?tikos skilled in adornment, from kosmein to arrange, adorn, from kosmos order Date: 1638 1. of, relating to, or making for beauty especially of the complexion ; beautifying <cosmetic salves> 2. done or made for the sake of appearance: as a. correcting defects especially of the face <cosmetic surgery> b. decorative, ornamental c. not substantive ; superficial <cosmetic changes> 3. visually appealing cosmetically adverb II. noun Date: 1650 something that is cosmetic: as a. a cosmetic preparation for external use b. plural superficial features <a poem without rhetorical cosmetics Guy Davenport>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. & n. --adj. 1 intended to adorn or beautify the body, esp. the face. 2 intended to improve only appearances; superficially improving or beneficial (a cosmetic change). 3 (of surgery or a prosthetic device) imitating, restoring, or enhancing the normal appearance. --n. a cosmetic preparation, esp. for the face. Derivatives: cosmetically adv. Etymology: F cosmétique f. Gk kosmetikos f. kosmeo adorn f. kosmos order, adornment

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Cosmetic Cos*met"ic (k?z-m?t"?k), Cosmetical Cos*met"ic*al (-?-kal), a. [Gr. kosmitiko`s skilled in decorating, fr. ko`smos order, ornament: cf. F. cosm['e]tique. See Cosmos.] 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Cosmetic Cos*met"ic, n. Any external application intended to beautify and improve the complexion.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(cosmetics) 1. Cosmetics are substances such as lipstick or powder, which people put on their face to make themselves look more attractive. N-COUNT: usu pl 2. If you describe measures or changes as cosmetic, you mean they improve the appearance of a situation or thing but do not change its basic nature, and you are usually implying that they are inadequate. It is a cosmetic measure which will do nothing to help the situation long term... = superficial ADJ [disapproval]

Foolish Dictionary

A new face-maker. From Grk. kosmos, order, and Eng. medic, or doctor,--ordered by the doctor. (See Complexion.)


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