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cosmetic

  

      n  
1    any preparation applied to the body, esp. the face, with the intention of beautifying it  
      adj  
2    serving or designed to beautify the body, esp. the face  
3    having no other function than to beautify  
cosmetic illustrations in a book     
4    Slightly derogatory   designed to cover up a greater flaw or deficiency; superficial  
their resignation is a cosmetic exercise     
     (C17: from Greek kosmetikos, from kosmein to arrange, from kosmos order)  
  cosmetically      adv  
  cosmeticology      n  


cosmetic surgery  
      n   surgery performed to improve the appearance, rather than for medical reasons  
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cosmetic

  

      adj   beautifying, nonessential, superficial, surface, touching-up  

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