What is embellishment? What does it mean and how is it applied in our everyday world? Let us first take a look at the definition of embellishment in our Webster Dictionary:
Embellishment-1. A detail, especially one that is not true, added to a statement or story to make it more interesting or entertaining. 2. The action of adding details or features
Daily Wisdom Word Definition of Embellishment-1. Exaggerating qualities or events that happen or perhaps even don’t to make them more fascinating.
Embellishment is done often by people that are insecure with themselves. Why do I say this? When your secure with yourself, you don’t have the need to blow out of proportion the truth or make up stories. You are comfortable enough in your own skin to tell the truth and know it will be interesting when relating a story without having to lie or exaggerate it.
I know someone that embellishes their stories often, a member of our family. It is difficult because everytime I hear one of the stories they tell, I have to question whether it is a story or the truth. Embellishment is done when someone does not believe that what they say or how they describe something will be enough to keep the story interesting, so they tack on additional facts or details that will make their story more interesting.
Embellishment can also be additional detailing on clothing or design, our first definition of embellishment above. It can also mean the feature that makes an item of clothing for instance, stand out. Embellishment is necessary in design to make it more appealing. However, when used for stories that aren’t the truth to begin with, it can be extremely irritating and can make you question your ability to trust someone over a period of time. Embellishment is not necessary when telling a story.
We have enough adjectives and adverbs available to us as well as true perspectives to keep a story interesting when relating it to others. We don’t need embellishment to do that for us.
Thank you so much for reading about embellishment today. Have a beautiful and blessed day.