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em·bel·lish·ment

 (ĕm-bĕl′ĭsh-mənt)
n.
1. The act of embellishing or the state of being embellished.
2. Something that embellishes; a decoration.
3. Music A note that embellishes a melody.

em•bel•lish•ment

(ɛmˈbɛl ɪʃ mənt)

n.
1. an ornament or decoration.
2. an elaborative addition, as to a statement.
4. the act of embellishing, or the state of being embellished.
[1615–25]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.embellishment - elaboration of an interpretation by the use of decorative (sometimes fictitious) detailembellishment - elaboration of an interpretation by the use of decorative (sometimes fictitious) detail; "the mystery has been heightened by many embellishments in subsequent retellings"
elaboration, enlargement, expansion - a discussion that provides additional information
2.embellishment - a superfluous ornament
boule, boulle, buhl - an inlaid furniture decoration; tortoiseshell and yellow and white metal form scrolls in cabinetwork
cuspidation - a decoration using cusps
decoration, ornament, ornamentation - something used to beautify
festoon - an embellishment consisting of a decorative representation of a string of flowers suspended between two points; used on pottery or in architectural work
filagree, filigree, fillagree - delicate and intricate ornamentation (usually in gold or silver or other fine twisted wire)
vermiculation - a decoration consisting of wormlike carvings
flourish - an ornamental embellishment in writing
3.embellishment - the act of adding extraneous decorations to something
decoration - the act of decorating something (in the hope of making it more attractive)

embellishment

noun
1. decoration, garnishing, ornament, gilding, enhancement, enrichment, adornment, ornamentation, trimming, beautification Florence is full of buildings with bits of decoration and embellishment.
2. elaboration, exaggeration, embroidery I lack the story-teller's gift of embellishment.

embellishment

noun
Translations
تَزْيين، زَخْرَفَه، تَنْميق
udsmykning
feldíszítés
skraut; skreytni, ÿkjur

embellishment

[ɪmˈbelɪʃmənt] Nembellecimiento m (fig) → adorno m

embellishment

[ɪmˈbɛlɪʃmənt] n
(= decoration) → enjolivure f
(= exaggeration) [story, account] → enjolivement m

embellishment

nSchmuck m; (= act)Verschönerung f; (of story)Ausschmückung f; (of truth)Beschönigung f; (of handwriting)Verzierung f, → Schnörkel m; (Mus) → Verzierung f

embellishment

[ɪmˈbɛlɪʃmənt] n (see vb) → abbellimento, infiorettatura

embellish

(imˈbeliʃ) verb
1. to increase the interest of (a story etc) by adding (untrue) details. The soldier embellished the story of his escape.
2. to make beautiful with ornaments etc. uniform embellished with gold braid.
emˈbellishment noun
References in classic literature ?
In the vignettes and other embellishments of some ancient books you will at times meet with very curious touches at the whale, where all manner of spouts, jets d'eau, hot springs and cold, Saratoga and Baden-Baden, come bubbling up from his unexhausted brain.
The geologist has discovered that the figures of serpents, griffins, flying dragons, and other fanciful embellishments of heraldry, have their prototypes in the forms of fossil species which were extinct before man was created, and hence "indicate a faint and shadowy knowledge of a previous state of organic existence.
Here, however, Elinor perceived,--not the language, not the professions of Colonel Brandon, but the natural embellishments of her mother's active fancy, which fashioned every thing delightful to her as it chose.
But evidences of Magdalen's natural taste and refinement were visible everywhere, in the little embellishments that graced and enlivened the aspect of the room.
When I approached the Doctor's cottage - a pretty old place, on which he seemed to have expended some money, if I might judge from the embellishments and repairs that had the look of being just completed - I saw him walking in the garden at the side, gaiters and all, as if he had never left off walking since the days of my pupilage.
Of the remaining elements Song holds the chief place among the embellishments.
His words were brief and expressive, conveying all that was meant, and no more; no embellishments, no embroidery, no arabesques.
As soon as they had had enough to eat and drink they wanted music and dancing, which are the crowning embellishments of a banquet, so a servant brought a lyre to Phemius, whom they compelled perforce to sing to them.
However, the author has told me that the work is old-fashioned, since, nowadays, books are issued with illustrations and embellishments of different sorts (though I could not make out all that he said).
They came prancing along in gallant style, with many wild and dexterous evolutions, for none can surpass them in horsemanship; and their bright colors, and flaunting and fantastic embellishments, glaring and sparkling in the morning sunshine, gave them really a striking appearance.
Until within a few months ago it was carried on by my cousins alone; but lately the need of a few extensions and embellishments has caused itself to he felt.
He had directed, in great part, the movable embellishments of the seven chambers, upon occasion of this great fete; and it was his own guiding taste which had given character to the masqueraders.