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embellishment

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of embellishment

  1. 1 something that decorates or beautifies <a colorful mobile is just the embellishment that the soon-to-be nursery needs> Synonyms adornment, beautifier, caparison, doodad, embellisher, decoration, frill, garnish, garnishment, garniture, ornament, ornamentation, setoff, trimRelated Words apparel, bells and whistles, blazonry, bric-a-brac, chichi, emblazonry, filigree, finery, foofaraw, frippery, frosting, froufrou; fal-lal, flounce, flourish, furbelow, ruffle; enhancement, enrichment, improvement; appliqué, embossment, embroidery, fancywork; bedizenment, gilt, glitter; design, figure, pattern; furnishings, regalia, trappingsNear Antonyms blemish, defacement, disfigurement, scar; blot, spot, stain

  2. 2 the representation of something in terms that go beyond the facts <the actor's penchant for embellishment suggests that his memoirs would be more appropriately shelved in the fiction section> Synonyms caricature, coloring, elaboration, exaggeration, embroidering, embroidery, hyperbole, magnification, overstatement, padding, stretchingRelated Words amplification, enhancement; fabrication, misrepresentation; fudging, hedging; hype, puffery; superlativeNear Antonyms belittlement, disparagement, minimizing, poor-mouthingAntonyms meiosis, understatement





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