embellishment


embellishment
noun /ɪmˈbɛlɪʃmənt/
An unnecessarily added touch, an ornamental addition, a flourish.

1811 Reflection had given calmness to her judgment, and sobered her own opinion of Willoughbys deserts; she wished, therefore, to declare only the simple truth, and lay open such facts as were really due to his character, without any embellishment of tenderness to lead the fancy astray. Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, Section 3, [ Chapter 1.]


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  • embellishment — embellish ► VERB 1) make more attractive; decorate. 2) add extra details to (a story or account) for interest. DERIVATIVES embellisher noun embellishment noun. ORIGIN Old French embellir, from bel handsome …   English terms dictionary