embellish (v)

Updated: Aug 19, 2019

embellish (transitive verb):

: to make beautiful with ornamentation :

Decorate: "a book embellished with illustrations" 2: to heighten the attractiveness of by adding decorative or fanciful details

Enhance: "embellished our account of the trip"


From the mid-14th century, "to render beautiful," from Old French embelliss-, stem of embellir "make beautiful, ornament," from em- (seeen- (1)) + bel "beautiful," from Latin bellus (see bene-).

Meaning "dress up (a narration) with fictitious matter" is from mid-15c. Related: Embellished; embellishing.

AKA: bedazzle!


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