English Synonyms and Antonyms
To embellish is to brighten and enliven by adding something that is not necessarily or very closely connected with that to which it is added; to illustrate is to add something so far like in kind as to cast a side-light upon the principal matter. An author embellishes his narrative with fine descriptions, the artist illustrates it with beautiful engravings, the binder gilds and decorates the volume. Garnish is on a lower plane; as, the feast was garnished with flowers. Deck and bedeck are commonly said of apparel; as, a mother bedecks her daughter with silk and jewels. To adorn and to ornament alike signify to add that which makes anything beautiful and attractive, but ornament is more exclusively on the material plane; as, the gateway was ornamented with delicate carving. Adorn is more lofty and spiritual, referring to a beauty which is not material, and can not be put on by ornaments or decorations, but seems in perfect harmony and unity with that to which it adds a grace; if we say, the gateway was adorned with beautiful carving, we imply a unity and loftiness of design such as ornamented can not express. We say of some admirable scholar or statesman, "he touched nothing that he did not adorn."At church, with meek and unaffected grace,
His looks adorned the venerable place.
GoldsmithDeserted Village, l. 178.
Adorn his temples with a coronet.
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decorate, adorn, grace, ornament, embellish, beautifyverb
make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
"Decorate the room for the party"; "beautify yourself for the special day"
deck, adorn, decorate, grace, embellish, beautifyverb
be beautiful to look at
"Flowers adorned the tables everywhere"
fancify, grace, dramatise, bedeck, ornament, dump, deck, decorate, clothe, aggrandise, invest, blow up, aggrandize, embroider, dress, lard, coldcock, embellish, prettify, bedight, beautify, floor, knock down, pad, dramatize
invest, clothe, adornverb
furnish with power or authority; of kings or emperors
put, endue, induct, habilitate, robe, tog, apparel, grace, deck, decorate, place, clothe, enthrone, beautify, endow, invest, garb, gift, empower, vest, dress, indue, fit out, enclothe, raiment, commit, garment, cloak, seat, drape, embellish, ornament
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How to use adorn in a sentence?
Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly.
If you want to be really beautiful, adorn yourself with a smile.
It is only fitting that his name should adorn a physical institution of the Senate, particularly one that housed the Armed Services Committee.
Adorn thy mind with knowledge, for knowledge maketh thy worth.
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- украсявам, окичвамBulgarian
- zieren, verzieren, schmückenGerman
- engalanar, adornar, ornarSpanish
- komistaa, koristella, koristaaFinnish
- parer, décorer, ornerFrench
- sgeadaichScottish Gaelic
- קישט, עיטרHebrew
- fregiare, abbellire, decorare, adornare, contornare, imbellettare, ornareItalian
- rākai, rākeiMāori
- decora, înfrumuseța, ornamenta, împodobi, ornaRomanian
- украша́ть, укра́ситьRussian
- pryda, smyckaSwedish
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