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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 ?
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.
Of the remaining elements Song holds the chief place among the embellishments.
That our work, therefore, might be in no danger of being likened to the labours of these historians, we have taken every occasion of interspersing through the whole sundry similes, descriptions, and other kind of poetical embellishments.
Arnold repeated his answer to Sir Patrick, with fervid embellishments of the original language, suitable to the emergency.
In the principal facts they have sources of intelligence in former histories and records, which may be as much depended on, I conclude, as anything that does not actually pass under one's own observation; and as for the little embellishments you speak of, they are embellishments, and I like them as such.
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.
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.
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).
A green court plain, with a wall about it; a second court of the same, but more garnished, with little turrets, or rather embellishments, upon the wall; and a third court, to make a square with the front, but not to be built, nor yet enclosed with a naked wall, but enclosed with terraces, leaded aloft, and fairly garnished, on the three sides; and cloistered on the inside, with pillars, and not with arches below.
The story (in connection with the next day's events) eventually appeared in the Advance, with some slight literary embellishments and a concluding intimation that the gentlemen referred to would be allowed the use of the paper's columns for their version of the night's adventure.
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.
Thus set forth, with the additional embellishments of a very little tail to his coat, and a yawning gulf at his waistband, Sloppy stood confessed.