SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN verb (used with object) to beautify by or as if by ornamentation; ornament; adorn. to enhance (a statement or narrative) with fictitious additions. Origin of embellish 1300–50; Middle English embelisshen
Anglo-French, Middle French embeliss-
), equivalent to
em- em- 1
-iss- -ish 2 Related forms em·bel·lish·er, noun non·em·bel·lished, adjective non·em·bel·lish·ing, adjective o·ver·em·bel·lish, verb (used with object) re·em·bel·lish, verb (used with object) un·em·bel·lished, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unembellished Historical Examples of unembellished
Write in as simple, plain and
unembellished a style as you know how.
She was to her a living pantomime, and brought into her
unembellished life the charms of opera, and theatre, and romance.
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
"Asked me to marry him," Olwen replied, tranquil in the assurance that this
unembellished truth would never be believed. British Dictionary definitions for unembellished verb (tr) to improve or beautify by adding detail or ornament; adorn to make (a story) more interesting by adding detail Derived Forms embellisher, noun embellishment, noun Word Origin for embellish
C14: from Old French
embelir, from bel beautiful, from Latin bellus
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Word Origin and History for unembellished 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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