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[em-bel-ish-muh nt] /ɛmˈbɛl ɪʃ mənt/
an ornament or decoration.
a fictitious addition, as to a factual statement.
  1. ornament (def 8).
  2. auxiliary tone.
the act of embellishing.
state of being embellished.
Origin of embellishment
1615-25; embellish + -ment
Related forms
nonembellishment, noun
overembellishment, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is a pity, and not a credit, that the charter should have made no provision whatever for municipal embellishment.
  • Such descriptions as they left of their work are as shorn of embellishment as the granite stonework.
  • Great ingredients should stand on their own without a lot of embellishment.
  • It can be any shape, from long and lean to short and flared, provided there is no embellishment from top to toes.
  • Despite the occasional steel guitar or mandolin, the songs stayed clear of country embellishment.
  • The tunes are set with specific melodies with room only for slight embellishment.
  • It is an embellishment to sauce, an accompaniment to anything farinaceous.
  • The story is heroic on its face and needs no embellishment.
  • The essence of the show was embellishment pushed to its limits.
  • Different textures, weaves, colors and embellishment were worked into these beautifully made clothes.
Word Origin and History for embellishment

1590s, from embellish + -ment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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