embellish

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English embelishen, from Old French embellir, from em- + bel.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɪmˈbɛlɪʃ/, /ɛm-/
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VerbEdit

embellish (third-person singular simple present embellishes, present participle embellishing, simple past and past participle embellished)

  1. To make more beautiful and attractive by adding ornamentation; to decorate.
    The old book cover was embellished with golden letters
  2. (by extension) To enhance by adding something not strictly integral or necessary.
    • c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. [] The First Part [], part 1, 2nd edition, London: [] [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, [], published 1592, OCLC 932920499; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire; London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, Act I, scene ii:
      A Scythian Shepherd, so imbelliſhed
      With Natures pride, and richeſt furniture?
      His looks do menace heauen & dare the Gods,
      His fiery eies are fixt vpon the earth.
    • 2012 December 29, Paul Doyle, “Arsenal's Theo Walcott hits hat-trick in thrilling victory over Newcastle”, in The Guardian[1], London:
      Podolski gave Walcott a chance to further embellish Arsenal's first-half performance when he eluded James Perch and slipped the ball through to the striker.
  3. To make something sound or look better or more acceptable than it is in reality; to distort, to embroider.
    to embellish a story, the truth

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