Part of speech: adjective

Pertaining to the art of beautifying the complexion. Cosmetical.

Part of speech: noun

A compound applied to the skin to improve its appearance.

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Usage examples "cosmetic":

  1. She was forced to smile at what she saw there, for the best cosmetic in the wide world is the knowledge that the right person is waiting downstairs. - "A Woman's Will", Anne Warner.
  2. He is tall, with a reddish aquiline nose, a greyish moustache, full of cosmetic, a poor type. - "Cæsar or Nothing", Pío Baroja Baroja.
  3. She was young, very pretty, but deathly white except for the patches of cosmetic on either cheek. - "The Dark Star", Robert W. Chambers.