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embellish

[em-bel-ish]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to beautify by or as if by ornamentation; ornament; adorn.
  2. to enhance (a statement or narrative) with fictitious additions.
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Origin of embellish

1300–50; Middle English embelisshen < Anglo-French, Middle French embeliss- (stem of embelir), equivalent to em- em-1 + bel- (< Latin bellus pretty) + -iss- -ish2
Related formsem·bel·lish·er, nounnon·em·bel·lished, adjectivenon·em·bel·lish·ing, adjectiveo·ver·em·bel·lish, verb (used with object)re·em·bel·lish, verb (used with object)un·em·bel·lished, adjective

Synonyms

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1. decorate, garnish, bedeck, embroider.
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Examples from the Web for unembellished

Historical Examples

  • Write in as simple, plain and unembellished a style as you know how.

    Rolling Stones

    O. Henry

  • She was to her a living pantomime, and brought into her unembellished life the charms of opera, and theatre, and romance.

    The Minister's Wooing

    Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • I have, in these verses, attempted some faint sketches of your portrait in the unembellished simple manner of descriptive truth.

  • He will find none such in these pages; he will find only a naked and unembellished story.

  • "Asked me to marry him," Olwen replied, tranquil in the assurance that this unembellished truth would never be believed.


British Dictionary definitions for unembellished

embellish

verb (tr)
  1. to improve or beautify by adding detail or ornament; adorn
  2. to make (a story) more interesting by adding detail
  3. to provide (a melody, part, etc) with ornamentsSee ornament (def. 5)
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Derived Formsembellisher, nounembellishment, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French embelir, from bel beautiful, from Latin bellus
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Word Origin and History for unembellished

embellish

v.

mid-14c., "to render beautiful," from Old French embelliss-, stem of embellir "make beautiful, ornament," from em- (see en- (1)) + bel "beautiful," from Latin bellus (see bene-). Meaning "dress up (a narration) with fictitious matter" is from mid-15c. Related: Embellished; embellishing.

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