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embellishment

[em-bel-ish-muh nt] /ɛmˈbɛl ɪʃ mənt/
noun
1.
an ornament or decoration.
2.
a fictitious addition, as to a factual statement.
3.
Music.
  1. ornament (def 8).
  2. auxiliary tone.
4.
the act of embellishing.
5.
state of being embellished.
Origin of embellishment
1615-1625
1615-25; embellish + -ment
Related forms
nonembellishment, noun
overembellishment, noun
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n.

1590s, from embellish + -ment.

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