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embellishment

[em-bel-ish-muh nt] /ɛmˈbɛl ɪʃ mənt/
noun
1.
an ornament or decoration.
2.
a fictitious addition, as to a factual statement.
3.
Music.
  1. ornament (def 8).
  2. auxiliary tone.
4.
the act of embellishing.
5.
state of being embellished.
Origin of embellishment
1615-1625
First recorded in 1615-25; embellish + -ment
Related forms
nonembellishment, noun
overembellishment, noun
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  • Thousands of graves must have been sacrificed for the embellishment of one.

    Pagan and Christian Rome Rodolfo Lanciani
  • I am the extension, my good Prosper; I am the embellishment!

    A Bundle of Letters Henry James
  • Dressing is not regarded as an adulteration, but as an embellishment.

    Textiles

    William H. Dooley
  • The truth, in this case, is romantic enough and needs no embellishment.

  • And all the old puzzles are capable of improvement, embellishment, and extension.

    The Canterbury Puzzles

    Henry Ernest Dudeney
Word Origin and History for embellishment
n.

1590s, from embellish + -ment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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