overembellish

verb, transitive + intransitive over·em·bel·lish \ ˌō-vər-im-ˈbe-lish \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of overembellish

overembellished; overembellishing
: 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

overembellishment

play \ˌō-vər-im-ˈbe-lish-mənt\ 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


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