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  make something more attractive or interesting by adding to it
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  • Tell me exactly what happened without embellishment.
  • The young girl is lovely and her tears only embellish her; the lady appears to be about forty years of age, the girl about fourteen.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  Twenty Years After
  • We are to dignify to each other the daily needs and offices of man’s life, and embellish it by courage, wisdom and unity.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, First Series
  • We had just heard the story recounted so many times over the years that it was easy to take the details and fold them into our own sparse memories, embellishing here or there to fill in the blanks.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland

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  • "The material world," continued Dupin, "abounds with very strict analogies to the immaterial; and thus some color of truth has been given to the rhetorical dogma, that metaphor, or simile, may be made to strengthen an argument, as well as to embellish a description.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • He had directed, in great part, the moveable embellishments of the seven chambers,
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Masque of the Red Death
  • This embellishment is a product of your imagination.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Mark embellished the tale a little more each time he’d told it.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • I looked undecorated and to my eye unfeminine—no jewelry, no makeup, no embellishments at all.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Ralph Myers’s story of the crime was pretty far-fetched; his knack for dramatic embellishment made even the most basic allegations unnecessarily complicated.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy

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  • Everyone loved squirrel, although there was one purist faction in the class that liked squirrel meat without any other embellishments and another who preferred their squirrel with a thick gravy and a heavy stew.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • At eye-level, next to Emmi’s bare knee, was a small plastic medical kit embellished with a green cross.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It was especially important that I hear her version of the attack before she either forgot the details or embellished them.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • A sword angled elegantly off of his hip, and circling his waist was a broad webbed belt embellished with an enormous metal buckle.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • (I did not yet know the size of the bit.) But when telling Augustus Waters, I painted the rosiest possible picture, embellishing the miraculousness of the miracle.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • Eragon nervously clasped his hands and told the story without embellishment.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Winston, in addition to his regular work, spent long periods every day in going through back files of The Times and altering and embellishing news items which were to be quoted in speeches.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • our kind having to fight!–were first reported accurately and then embellished and fictionalized.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Tellson’s (they said) wanted no elbow-room, Tellson’s wanted no light, Tellson’s wanted no embellishment.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • The chisel had made three or four of these attempts at embellishment over his nose, but had given them up without an effort to smooth them off.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • She gazed concernedly at the dusky fingers she held in her own, and also at her dress; which she feared had gained no embellishment from its contact with his.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Consider also the devilish brilliance and beauty of many of its most remorseless tribes, as the dainty embellished shape of many species of sharks.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • You have shown your relish for it by the enthusiasm which has prompted you to chronicle, and, if you will excuse my saying so, somewhat to embellish so many of my own little adventures.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • ’Yes, I think it rather pretty,’ said the beadle, glancing proudly downwards at the large brass buttons which embellished his coat.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • When she handed him the damaged blue china to use as an ashtray, she used all her favorite words to embellish the story of breaking and then hiding, inside her coat, the now homely Wedgwood cup.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • When you talked about notching ears and slitting noses I judged that that was your own embellishment, because white men don’t take that sort of revenge.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Constantine commissioned and financed a new Bible, which omitted those gospels that spoke of Christ’s human traits and embellished those gospels that made Him godlike.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • To the right loomed the Palace of the Tribunal, the lush papal residence rivaled only by Versailles in its baroque embellishment.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • In the meantime, the forest began to change its hues, losing that lively green which had embellished its arches, in the graver light which is the usual precursor of the close of day.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • He began embellishing-a teaspoon of blood became a cup; the stain on her white pants grew from a modest spot to a Rorschach blot of enormous proportion.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • I have tried to tell a simple, straightforward story, with no attempt at embellishment.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • Her voice, strong and clear in tone, attacked with great spirit the runs which embellish the air and though she sang very rapidly she did not miss even the smallest of the grace notes.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • "NEMO 1934," he scrawled, no doubt moved by the same impulse that compelled Chris McCandless to inscribe "Alexander Supertramp/May 1992" on the wall of the Sushana bus, an impulse not so different, perhaps, from that which inspired the Anasazi to embellish the rock with their own now-indecipherable symbols.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Shortly after our return to Rockburg, my wife drew my attention to the somewhat neglected state of our dear old summer residence at Falconhurst, begging me to devote some time to its restoration and embellishment.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • he had been embellishing, jumped to his feet, stuffed his quill and the exam paper into his bag, which he slung over his back, and stood waiting for Sirius to join him.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • The house-or rather, mansion-was set on the west side of Teirm, close to the citadel, among scores of other opulent buildings embellished with fine scrollwork, wrought-iron gates, statues, and gushing fountains.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Two or three exquisite paintings of children, in various attitudes, embellished the wall.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • My wish would be simply to present it to thee plain and unadorned, without any embellishment of preface or uncountable muster of customary sonnets, epigrams, and eulogies, such as are commonly put at the beginning of books.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • A number of the usual devices of poetic embellishment were used, including punning expressions, deliberate ambiguity (this in the Sumerian also), and irony.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Then when she saw Teacher there looking so interested, she embellished the story.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Still, all this might be bearable if only the grown-ups weren’t in the habit of repeating the stories we hear from Mr. Kleiman, jan or Miep, each time embellishing them with a few details of their own, so that I often have to pinch my arm under the table to keep myself from setting the enthusiastic storyteller on the right track.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • All sorts of rumours will get about directly, and everybody who has a grudge against us will take care to embellish these rumours.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • He wore a helm embellished with gold, silver, and rubies and, on his fingers, five large rings.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Javert was the first to alight; he made sure with one glance of the number on the carriage gate, and, raising the heavy knocker of beaten iron, embellished in the old style, with a male goat and a satyr confronting each CHAPTER X. RETURN OF THE SON WHO WAS PRODIGAL OF HIS LIFE other, he gave a violent peal.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • To have you as long as possible near me, to hear your eloquent speech,—which embellishes my mind, strengthens my soul, and makes my whole frame capable of great and terrible things, if I should ever be free,—so fills my whole existence, that the despair to which I was just on the point of yielding when I knew you, has no longer any hold over me; and this—this is my fortune—not chimerical, but actual.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Its beech-like trunk was embellished with a beard of twigs at the bottom, and where each of the great branches had sprung from the trunk the bark had split and was now discoloured with rain water or sap.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Girls embellished in jewelry and fads, It’s hard to distinguish them from the older lads, Boys wear earrings, pants below the waist, In society’s eyes they’re indeed a disgrace.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • No one spoke, interrupted, tried to embellish the account.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • She heard it all under embellishment.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • Her mother had stitched and embroidered them herself; she had lavished on them all the delicacies of her art of embroideress, and all the embellishments of a robe for the good Virgin.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
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