verb (used with object)
to beautify by or as if by ornamentation; ornament; adorn.
to enhance (a statement or narrative) with fictitious additions.

1300–50; Middle English embelisshen < Anglo-French, Middle French embeliss- (stem of embelir), equivalent to em- em-1 + bel- (< Latin bellus pretty) + -iss- -ish2

embellisher, noun
nonembellished, adjective
nonembellishing, adjective
overembellish, verb (used with object)
reembellish, verb (used with object)
unembellished, adjective

1. decorate, garnish, bedeck, embroider.
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embellish (ɪmˈbɛlɪʃ)
1.  to improve or beautify by adding detail or ornament; adorn
2.  to make (a story) more interesting by adding detail
3.  See ornament to provide (a melody, part, etc) with ornaments
[C14: from Old French embelir, from bel beautiful, from Latin bellus]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., "to render beautiful," from O.Fr. embelliss-, pp. stem of embellir "make beautiful, ornament," from bel "beautiful," from L. bellus. Meaning "dress up (a narration) with fictitious matter" is from mid-15c.
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Example sentences
It reads as ridiculously embellished if not completely fabricated.
They lined fountains, covered benches, and embellished walls.
The king awarded him a coat of arms embellished with two cinnamon sticks, three
  nutmegs and twelve cloves.
Made entirely by hand, it is embellished with hand-knit scalloping at the cuffs
  and hem, and hand-painted ceramic buttons.
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