One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘weapons were often embellished with precious metal’
decorate, adorn, ornament, dress, dress up, furnish
beautify, enhance, enrich, grace
trim, garnish, gild, varnish
brighten up, ginger up
deck, bedeck, festoon, emblazon, bespangle
informal do up, do out, jazz up, zhoosh, zhoosh up
British informal tart up
literary bejewel, bedizen, caparison, furbelow, befrill
2‘the legend was embellished further by a visiting American academic’
elaborate, embroider, colour, expand on, exaggerate, dress up, touch up, gild, catastrophize
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