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  • n. The state of being elaborate
  • n. Something elaborate

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being elaborate, or wrought with great labor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an ornate appearance; being elaborately (even excessively) decorated
  • n. marked by elaborately complex detail


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  • She imparts something of her own elaborateness to them.

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  • Clothing patterns became very elaborate as did hats and by the Baroque and Rococo eras hats and hairpieces were monumental in stature and elaborateness.

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  • So weeding out potential jurors with unchangeable views on guilt or innocence has the elaborateness of celebrity trials like that of O.J. Simpson, who was acquitted at the same courthouse in 1995.

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  • He thanked me with unwonted elaborateness for Force and Matter, of which I knew he would never read a line, and felt his way to the door.


  • But Ms. Economy pointed to the elaborateness of concept and coordination of details — "the flowers are matching," she observed — leading her to suspect they may have had professional help bringing the Halloween spirit alive.

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  • But Europe proposed to apply it on a scale and with an elaborateness of detail of which no former world ever dreamed.


  • Different tribes wear differently-shaped ones, and size and elaborateness are usually a function of ceremony rather than an individual's social status.

    Merkins and Kotekas and Codpieces, Oh My!

  • According to my guide, the level of elaborateness is dictated by the donations from villagers now working overseas.

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  • They come in all flavors, thicknesses and elaborateness.

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  • Indeed it would seem that there is considerable query within the research community related to the field as to whether the bulk of the costumes worn for official portraits were nothing but wearable props, which the subjects would have merely posed in, but that these garments would not be worn as such, due to their weight and elaborateness which would have seriously hindered locomotion.

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