Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being ornate or adorned.
- n. the state of being ornate
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality of being ornate.
- n. high-flown style; excessive use of verbal ornamentation
- n. an ornate appearance; being elaborately (even excessively) decorated
“And his kind of ornateness and indirection told me that he really was still uncomfortable about it.”
“Hmph. I not only sneer at the ornateness of the furniture, I sneer at the people who purchase such trash, and in fact, it is so distasteful, I regret I must extend that sneer to include the entire nation.”
“And luxury lies not in richness and ornateness but in the absence of vulgarity.”
“No, it was the large number and ornateness of names thing that was more Jack Vance, though the setting was too.”
“While they stand before the electorate promising to defend this nation from external threats, their ornateness fails to acknowledge the true to life domestic indigences being forcefully pushed upon our citizens as a consequence.”
“The ornateness of the dome is both saddening, and very lovely.”
“This produced masterpieces -- magnificent tureens that are eternal wonders of creative invention and the silversmith's art, and luxurious, ormolu-laden furnishings of a scale and ornateness that only an army of servants could maintain.”
“The cabin material grades are high, but there's a Danish modern chic to the "furniture" that evokes Oxo kitchen tools rather than, say Tiffany ornateness.”
“A nude wearing baroque (antique) gold jewellery (and nothing else) is aesthetically much more pleasing than a completely nude woman or one wearing both jewellery and clothes, presumably because the homogeneity and smoothness of the naked skin contrasts sharply with the ornateness and rich texture of the jewellery.”
“And Lord Lytton, the conservative viceroy whose elaborately choreographed durbar Cannadine interprets as Britain's homage to India's deeply rooted "feudal order" and to the princes who were both its "expression" and its "apogee," explained the ornateness of that ceremony in pragmatic, rather disdainful terms: "The further East you go, the greater becomes the importance of a bit of bunting.”
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