embellish

[em-bel-ish]
verb (used with object)
1.
to beautify by or as if by ornamentation; ornament; adorn.
2.
to enhance (a statement or narrative) with fictitious additions.

Origin:
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)
 
vb
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]
 
em'bellisher
 
n
 
em'bellishment
 
n

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embellish
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
Other politicians have been criticized for embellishing their personal
  histories to improve their political situation.
It may lend a hand by embellishing a cathedral, rhyming a thesis, providing a
  tyranny with a suitable anthem or mausoleum.
So every time the government is found to be embellishing its case, members of
  the public lose a little bit of faith.
Most are of masonry construction and use stone or fired clay known as terra
  cotta for embellishing windows or gables.
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