- 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 unembellished
Write in as simple, plain and unembellished a style as you know how.Rolling Stones
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.The Complete Works of Robert Burns: Containing his Poems, Songs, and Correspondence.
Robert Burns and Allan Cunningham
He will find none such in these pages; he will find only a naked and unembellished story.My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War
"Asked me to marry him," Olwen replied, tranquil in the assurance that this unembellished truth would never be believed.The Disturbing Charm
- 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 unembellished
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