One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Make (something) too ornate or complicated.‘use your imagination, but do not overembellish the presentation’‘you really need oodles of attitude to carry off those overembellished costumes’
exaggerate, overstate, do to death, overemphasize, overplay, go overboard with, dramatize, overdramatizeView synonyms
- ‘Some of chemistry's popular tales are probably outright fabrication, the product of wishful thinking, over-embellished recollection, wilful self-aggrandisement or a skewed historical agenda.’
- ‘In the past she cleverly stayed ahead of the game by overembellishing the dresses and decking them in fur.’
- ‘Cooked to perfection on the bone and not over-embellished, the truffle oil was a curious addition, which nonetheless worked for me.’
- ‘The Importance of Being Earnest plays like an over-embellished cake that topples under the weight of its own decoration.’
- ‘The overembellished coconut cheesecake is bland stuff.’
- ‘Wilson may be guilty of overembellishing his case on several minor points, but on the central question he brought up he was right.’
- ‘The Warne story is well known, and just as regularly over-embellished.’
- ‘I was similarly uncharmed by the promising sounding mini ice-cream sandwiches, which seemed overembellished and not freshly made.’
- ‘The entrees tend to be overworked and overembellished, perhaps a holdover from the chef's stint doing fancy hotel food.’
- ‘Whilst a cynic might argue it was all a little over the top, the overall impression was that the speeches didn't over-embellish the man or his achievements.’
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