embellishment

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Embellishment \Em*bel"lish*ment\, noun [Cf. F. embellissement.]

1. The act of adorning, or the state of being adorned; adornment.

In the selection of their ground, as well as in the embellishment of it. --Prescott.

2. That which adds beauty or elegance; ornament; decoration; as, pictorial embellishments.

The graces and embellishments of the exterior man. --I. Taylor.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

embellishment

noun

1: elaboration of an interpretation by the use of decorative (sometimes fictitious) detail; "the mystery has been heightened by many embellishments in subsequent retellings" [syn: {embellishment}, {embroidery}]

2: a superfluous ornament

3: the act of adding extraneous decorations to something [syn: {ornamentation}, {embellishment}]


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