Definition: Make something sweeter in taste; alleviate the severity.

Pronunciation: edul-khu-rate

Synonyms: Dulcify, sweeten.

Origin:  This sweet word derives from the Latin word dulcor, referring to something that sweetness. Dulcet, remember? Both share the same dulcis root.

Why this word?

The first thing I did upon learning this word was adding it to my cell phone dictionary, for I was pretty sure that I’ll need this word quite a lot.

This word, along with evincing sweetening of things, could also be used as a replacement for words expressing strengthening of relations (words like appeasing, conciliating, pacifying et cetera).

For instance: after a minor brawl with your friends, when things start to move smoothly again, you could say things are now edulcorating between us. Same goes with the countries. The noun responsible for the sweetening of something is termed as an edulcorant. Russia acted as an edulcorant to edulcorate relations between America and Iran. Some common edulcorants: sugar, love, bon homie et cetera.

How to use the word edulcorate in a sentence?

Whenever animosity quenches, edulcoration comes into play.

“They are both working so hard to edulcorate their relationship. “

“I’d like you to edulcorate this vapid coffee.”


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Akshay is a Civil engineer who, for his love of words, preferred words over engineering. He is an avid reader and a prolific writer.

  • MTC defines “edulcorate” as “purify” rather than “sweeten;” although, I suppose a substance could become more sweet in the process of removing acids, salts, or impurities:

    e·dul·co·rate [ih-duhl-kuh-reyt] Show IPA

    verb (used with object), e·dul·co·rat·ed, e·dul·co·rat·ing. Chemistry .
    to free from acids, salts, or impurities by washing; purify.

    1800–10; < Neo-Latin ēdulcorātus, equivalent to ē- e-1 + Late Latin dulcorātus sweetened (past participle of dulcorāre ), equivalent to Latin dulcor sweetness ( dulc ( is ) sweet + -or -or1 ) + -ātus -ate1
    Related forms
    e·dul·co·ra·tion, noun
    e·dul·co·ra·tive, adjective Unabridged
    Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2013.

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