One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Make excuses for.‘the demeanor of Mathews is rather glozed over’
conceal, cover up, hide, camouflage, disguise, mask, veil, draw a veil over, whitewashView synonyms
- ‘Their inappropriateness in their new western setting is glozed over by the statement that they are ‘very old,’ - a statement which might, with equal pertinence if less interest, be made about any pudding-stone from the neighboring hills.’
- ‘Normally, spokesmen and chiefs of the Cabinet have the responsibility to gloze over the achievements of the government they represent.’
- ‘It does, however, seem probable that Luke has to some extent glozed over the asperity of the controversies within the Church, notably the opposition to Paul and his views as described by Paul himself in Galatians and II Corinthians, in his attempt to emphasise the fundamental unity of the early Church.’
- ‘Perhaps the early nineteenth-century taste for glozing over the physical and instinctively egoistic elements which are present even in virtuous love… is what most separates Balzac from novelists and novel readers of today’
- ‘In our hurry and impatience we thus tend to fall into confusion and error unwittingly; the sophist, on the other hand, deliberately glozes over or omits what is not obvious, and hopes to cover up his tracks by means of all the tricks of his trade.’
- 1.1archaic no object Use ingratiating or fawning language.
- 1.2archaic no object Make a comment or comments.
Middle English: from Old French gloser, from glose ‘a gloss, comment’, based on Latin glossa (see gloss).
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