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Examples of emblazon in a Sentence
colossal statues and other monumental constructions that were intended to emblazon his name for eons to come
Recent Examples of emblazon from the Web
In the early 20th century the suffrage movement claimed her as one of its icons, marching with her name emblazoned upon its banners as proof of women’s intellectual prowess.
During a recent campaign stop, business almost came to a standstill in Kigali after thousands of Kagame’s supporters turned up, waving placards and wearing T-shirts emblazoned with his face.
The hanging fruits had been emblazoned with the letters of the Black sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.
Jefferson’s words in the letter to the mayor of Washington were reprinted far and wide, even emblazoned on silk scarves, as a reminder of what unites us beyond the divisions of the moment.
The video clip shows Trump pummeling a man with a CNN logo emblazoned on his head.
Among her legion of fans is a member of the next generation of country artists, Kelsea Ballerini, who showed up at the museum’s reception wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the name of her hero and mentor.
Last year, a large protest scuttled Mr. Trump’s plans for a campaign rally in the city, where his surname is emblazoned on a downtown skyscraper.
These days, wealthy philanthropists are more likely to be lauded, their names emblazoned on buildings, their pictures on magazine covers.
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The History of emblazon
English speakers have been using the heraldic sense of "emblazon" since the late 16th century, and before that there was the verb "blazon" ("to describe heraldically") and the noun "blazon" ("a heraldic coat of arms"), which descend from Anglo-French blason. "Emblazon" still refers to adorning something with an emblem of heraldry, but it is now more often used for adorning or publicizing something in any conspicuous way, whether with eye-catching decoration or colorful words of praise.
First Known Use of emblazon
Synonymsbless, carol, celebrate, praise, exalt, extol (also extoll), glorify, hymn, laud, magnify, resound
Related Wordsadore, belaud, deify, idolize, worship; acclaim, applaud, commend, compliment, hail, renown, salute; chant, cheer, eulogize, rhapsodize; cite; flatter; crack up, recommend, tout
Near Antonymsblame, censure, reprehend, reprobate; criticize, reprove; admonish, chide, keelhaul, rebuke, reprimand, reproach; castigate, lambaste (or lambast)
EMBLAZON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of emblazon for English Language Learners
: to write or draw (a name, picture, etc.) on a surface so that it can be seen very clearly
: to decorate (a surface) with something (such as a name or a picture)
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