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cosmetic

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Etymology

From Ancient Greek κοσμητική (kosmetike) "the art of dress and ornament", from κοσμητής (kosmetes) "orderer, director, decorator", from κοσμέω (kosmeo) "to order, to arrange, to rule, to adorn, to equip, to dress, to embellish".

Adjective

cosmetic (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
cosmetic

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  1. 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.

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Noun

Singular
cosmetic

Plural
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cosmetic ({{{1}}})
  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.

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