Lavish vs Embellished - What's the difference?

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As verbs the difference between lavish and embellished

is that lavish is to expend or bestow with profusion; to use with prodigality; to squander; as, to lavish money or praise while embellished is past tense of embellish.

As an adjective lavish

is expending or bestowing profusely; profuse; prodigal.



Alternative forms

* (l), (l), (l) (obsolete)


(en adjective)
  • Expending or bestowing profusely; profuse; prodigal.
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  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=8 , passage=The day was cool and snappy for August, and the Rise all green with a lavish nature. Now we plunged into a deep shade with the boughs lacing each other overhead, and crossed dainty, rustic bridges over the cold trout-streams, the boards giving back the clatter of our horses' feet:
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  • Mind you, clothes were clothes in those days. There was a great deal of them, lavish both in material and in workmanship.
  • Superabundant; excessive; as, lavish spirits.
  • * 1623 , (William Shakespeare), (Measure for Measure) Act 2 Scene 2
  • Let her haue needfull, but not lauish meanes


    * (expending profusely): profuse, prodigal, wasteful, extravagant, exuberant, immoderate * See also


  • To expend or bestow with profusion; to use with prodigality; to squander; as, to lavish money or praise.
  • Anagrams





  • (embellish)

  • embellish



  • To make more beautiful and attractive; to decorate.
  • The old book cover was embellished with golden letters
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=December 29 , author=Paul Doyle , title=Arsenal's Theo Walcott hits hat-trick in thrilling victory over Newcastle , work=The Guardian citation , page= , passage=Podolski gave Walcott a chance to further embellish Arsenal's first-half performance when he eluded James Perch and slipped the ball through to the striker.}}
  • To make something sound or look better or more acceptable than it is in reality, to distort.
  • to embellish a story, the truth


    * adorn * beautify * decorate * deck * grace * ornament * prettify * See also