3. (all usu. of a statement or narrative) embroider, garnish; exaggerate; color, paint, paint in glowing colors, tell in glowing terms, Inf. play up; set off, set off to advantage; enhance, enrich; deepen, heighten, intensify, brighten; glorify; grace, dignify; gloss, gloss over, whitewash, Inf. fudge,
embellishment, n. 1. ornament, decoration, frill, filigree, flourish, flounce, furbelow, Archaic, ouch; tinsel, spangle; bauble, trinket, knickknack, gimcrack, gewgaw, Inf. doodad, Inf. fandangle; accessory, attachment.
2. adornment, decoration, ornamentation, trimming; trappings, festoons; array, bedizenment, enrichment, beautification, prettification; emblazonment, emblazonry, illumination.
3. (all usu. of a statement or narrative) embroidery, garnish, garnishment, garniture; exaggeration; coloration, coloring, Inf. razzle-dazzle; enhancement, enrichment; deepening, heightening, intensifying, brightening; glorifying; glossing, glossing over, whitewashing, Inf fudging,
embers, n. live coals, smouldering remains; cinders, brands; dross, clinkers, slag, ash, scoriae; residue, remnants, fag ends.
embezzle, v. misappropriate, peculate, Law. defalcate, misapply, misuse; steal, rob, purloin, abstract; dip into the public purse, Inf rob the till, Inf have one's hand in the till; defraud, swindle, thieve, filch, cheat; pluck, fleece, rook, bilk,
embezzlement, n. fraud, peculation, misappropriation, Law. defalcation, abstraction; theft, thievery, robbery, stealing, pilfering, swindle; larceny, Chiefly Law. malversation, Law. malfeasance,
embezzler, n. peculator, Law. defalcator, thief, robber; swindler, highbinder, fleecer, trickster, bilker, sharper, Inf. hawk; confidence man, con artist, flimflam artist; defaulter, SI. welsher; racketeer, criminal, lawbreaker.
embitter, v. 1. (all of taste) sour, acidulate, acidify, acetify; (all of feelings) envenom, gall, rankle, acerbate, exacerbate, poison.
2. irritate, aggravate, annoy, bother, fret, nettle, vex, plague, disturb, perturb, plague, harass. Chiefly U.S. rile, Inf rub [s.o.] the wrong way, SI. drive [s.o.] nuts, SI. get [s.o.'s] goat; anger, incense, enrage, infuriate, madden, raise [s.o.'s] ire, make [s.o.'s] blood boil,
emblazon, v. 1. paint, color, illuminate, blazon; decorate, ornament, adorn, embellish; array, bedizen, deck, bedeck, deck out.
2. proclaim, publish, herald, trumpet; praise, celebrate, extol, exalt, laud, glorify, sing or ring [s.o.'s] praises.
emblem, n. 1. symbol, representation, insignia, regalia, token, sign, badge, totem; effigy, image, figure, design, attribute, character; mark, memento, reminder, example, type, motto; metaphor, allegory, figuration, allusion; indication, indicium, Heraldry, cognizance, evidence.
2. flag, pennant, standard, banner, ensign, ori-flamme, eagle; monogram, cartouche, signet, seal; coat of arms, escutcheon, crest; throne, crown, scepter; cockade, epaulet, chevron, stripes, Mil. SI. scrambled eggs, stars,
emblematic, adj. symbolic, symbolical, representative, significative, metaphorical, figurative, allegorical; suggestive, indicative, indicant, denotative, allusive.
embodiment, n. 1. incarnation, corporealization, materialization, substantiation, personification, con-cretization, reification, externalization, exteriorization; fusion, amalgamation, consolidation, coalescence; combination, unification; comprisal, composition, constitution, inclusion; encompassment, incorporation, assimilation, comprehension.
2. materiality, corporeality, substantiality, physicalness, concreteness, flesh and blood, embody, v. 1. incarnate, corporealize, materialize, concretize, substantiate, reify, externalize, exteriorize.