embellishment


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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 ?
See," he added, pointing to a place where the water trickled from a rock, forming a little crystal spring, before it found an issue through the adjacent crevices; "you may easily get rid of the Sagamore's daub, and when you come back I will try my hand at a new embellishment.
We have been hearing about your adventure, Tom, with a handsome lie added for embellishment.
When you talked about notching ears and slitting noses I judged that that was your own embellishment, because white men don't take that sort of revenge.
She gazed concernedly at the dusky fingers she held in her own, and also at her dress; which she feared had gained no embellishment from its contact with his.
Tellson's (they said) wanted no elbow-room, Tellson's wanted no light, Tellson's wanted no embellishment.
The chisel had made three or four of these attempts at embellishment over his nose, but had given them up without an effort to smooth them off.
Those in whom the faculty of reason is predominant, and who most skillfully dispose their thoughts with a view to render them clear and intelligible, are always the best able to persuade others of the truth of what they lay down, though they should speak only in the language of Lower Brittany, and be wholly ignorant of the rules of rhetoric; and those whose minds are stored with the most agreeable fancies, and who can give expression to them with the greatest embellishment and harmony, are still the best poets, though unacquainted with the art of poetry.
Phidias was supposed to have stolen some public gold, with the connivance of Pericles, for the embellishment of the statue of Minerva.
As soon as his full face was turned upon me, and I again beheld its extraordinary embellishment, and met the strange gaze to which I had been subjected the preceding night, I immediately, in spite of the alteration in his appearance, recognized the noble Mehevi.
And, indeed, the character of the Syrian monarch does by no means stand in need of any adventitious embellishment.
Flickering, unquiet lights, are sometimes pleasing - to children and idiots always so - but in the embellishment of a room they should be scrupulously avoided.
Its smell and its color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it.