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Examples of embellish in a Sentence
a book embellished with colorful illustrations
He embellished his speech with a few quotations.
Recent Examples of embellish from the Web
It is embellished with tiny beads in the black flower centers.
The 38-year-old reality TV star and 23-year-old Bendjima were spotted boating in St. Tropez, France, on Monday, with the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star showing off her toned and tanned body in a black, embellished one-piece.
Embellished cross-over coats conjured up styles of Russian Tatars with belts nipping the waist.
This embellished and embroidered canvas tote is a fun carry-all for days at the beach.
And the president frequently embellished details during his speech, or told outright falsehoods.
More specifically, the lawsuit contends that Lewis embellished and that the NCAA facilitated that embellishment in order to burnish the case against Ole Miss.
Some custom pieces are embellished with (thoroughly cleaned) animal bones.
During his closing argument Friday, Carter asserted that the victim's mother embellished details since her statement to police four years ago.
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Did You Know?
Like its synonyms adorn, ornament, and garnish, embellish means to make something beautiful by the addition of a decorative or fanciful feature. Traditionally, the word is used specifically to stress the addition of superfluous or adventitious ornament, as in "The printer embellished the page with a floral border." Embellish differs from its synonyms, however, in that it is sometimes used in a euphemistic way to refer to the inclusion of details that are not necessarily true to make a story sound more appealing. The word derives via Middle English from the Anglo-French verb embelir, from en- and bel ("beautiful").
Synonym Discussion of embellish
EMBELLISH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of embellish for English Language Learners
: to decorate (something) by adding special details and features : to make (something) more appealing or attractive
EMBELLISH Defined for Kids
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