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embellishment

[em-bel-ish-muh nt]
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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.
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Origin of embellishment

First recorded in 1615–25; embellish + -ment
Related formsnon·em·bel·lish·ment, nouno·ver·em·bel·lish·ment, noun
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Related Words

coloringadornmentexaggerationembroideryornamentationelaborationfussfrilljazzornamentostentationdecorationoverstatementenhancementdoodadgarnishenrichmenthyperbolefloriditygingerbread

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Historical Examples

  • 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!

  • 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.

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