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English noun: embellishment

1. embellishment (communication) elaboration of an interpretation by the use of decorative (sometimes fictitious) detail

SamplesThe mystery has been heightened by many embellishments in subsequent retellings.


Broader (hypernym)elaboration, enlargement, expansion

2. embellishment (artifact) a superfluous ornament

Broader (hypernym)decoration, ornament, ornamentation

Narrower (hyponym)boule, boulle, buhl, cuspidation, festoon, filagree, filigree, fillagree, flourish, vermiculation

3. embellishment (act) the act of adding extraneous decorations to something


Broader (hypernym)decoration

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