overembellish

verb
over·​em·​bel·​lish | \ ˌō-vər-im-ˈbe-lish How to pronounce overembellish (audio) \
overembellished; overembellishing

Definition of overembellish

transitive + intransitive

: to embellish (something) excessively overembellish a story He overembellished his accomplishments. … doesn't overembellish her melody lines as relentlessly as many of her peers do.— Edna Gundersen et al. … there is left but little wall surface to give the impression of dignity and serenity which a great structure should convey, so we are tempted to overembellish these buildings with ornament …— Cass Gilbert … the sesame blini need work. So do the entrees, which tend to be overworked and overembellished— Alison Cook He's a bit of an intellectual cook, perhaps, and has a tendency to overembellish with too many ingredients.— S. Irene Virbila

Other Words from overembellish

overembellishment \ ˌō-​vər-​im-​ˈbe-​lish-​mənt How to pronounce overembellish (audio) \ noun, plural overembellishments
Executive chef David Ross has a tendency toward overembellishment. His best dishes are the simplest ones. The Boston Herald

First Known Use of overembellish

1842, in the meaning defined above

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“Overembellish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overembellish. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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