- to beautify by or as if by ornamentation; ornament; adorn.
- to enhance (a statement or narrative) with fictitious additions.
Origin of embellish
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1. decorate, garnish, bedeck, embroider.
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Examples from the Web for embellish
If the actual facts are so repugnant to you, then why embellish them?The Woody Allen Allegations: Not So Fast
Robert B. Weide
January 27, 2014
Why did you feel the need to embellish and lie about your involvement in the UOF?Rogue L.A. Cop’s Facebook Manifesto: ‘You Will Now Live the Life of Prey’
The Daily Beast
February 8, 2013
And like all bad liars, immediately gave into the urge to embellish.Friday Forum: What's the Biggest Lie You've Ever Told?
January 18, 2013
He loved to embellish and we were determined not to let him slip one past us.Hollywood's Loosest Cannon
April 15, 2009
Since it was he, there was nothing to be feared for the window; were he to touch it, he would only embellish it.The Dream
"It is you, Prince, who embellish everything," I answered him.The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete
Madame La Marquise De Montespan
He was about to embellish this when she nodded with satisfaction.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
A wife like that and a country-house is all one can wish for to embellish one's life.L'Assommoir
Everything must be done to embellish the theme or general idea.The Art of Stage Dancing
- to improve or beautify by adding detail or ornament; adorn
- to make (a story) more interesting by adding detail
- to provide (a melody, part, etc) with ornamentsSee ornament (def. 5)
C14: from Old French embelir, from bel beautiful, from Latin bellus
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Word Origin and History for embellish
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