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embroider

[em-broi-der] /ɛmˈbrɔɪ dər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to decorate with ornamental needlework.
2.
to produce or form in needlework.
3.
to adorn or embellish rhetorically, especially with ornate language or fictitious details:
He embroidered the account of the shipwreck to hold his listeners' interest.
verb (used without object)
4.
to do embroidery.
5.
to add embellishments; exaggerate (often followed by on or upon).
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; em-1 + broider; replacing Middle English embroderen, frequentative of embroden < Middle French embro(u)der, equivalent to em- em-1 + Old French brosder, derivative of brosd < Germanic (see brad)
Related forms
embroiderer, noun
overembroider, verb (used with object)
unembroidered, adjective
Synonyms
3. elaborate, exaggerate, color, fancify.
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British Dictionary definitions for un embroidered

embroider

/ɪmˈbrɔɪdə/
verb
1.
to do decorative needlework (upon)
2.
to add fictitious or fanciful detail to (a story)
3.
to add exaggerated or improbable details to (an account of an event, etc)
Derived Forms
embroiderer, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French embroder; see em-en-1, broider
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Word Origin and History for un embroidered

embroider

v.

late 14c., from Anglo-French enbrouder, from en- "in" (see en- (1)) + broisder "embroider," from Frankish *brozdon, from Proto-Germanic *bruzdajanan. Spelling with -oi- is from c.1600, perhaps by influence of broiden, irregular alternative Middle English past participle of braid (v.). Related: Embroidered; embroidering.

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un embroidered in the Bible

The art of embroidery was known to the Jews (Ex. 26:36; 35:35; 38:23; Judg. 5:30; Ps. 45:14). The skill of the women in this art was seen in the preparation of the sacerdotal robes of the high priest (Ex. 28). It seems that the art became hereditary in certain families (1 Chr. 4:21). The Assyrians were also noted for their embroidered robes (Ezek. 27:24).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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