from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being ornate or adorned.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality of being ornate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the state of being ornate

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

  • noun high-flown style; excessive use of verbal ornamentation
  • noun an ornate appearance; being elaborately (even excessively) decorated


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  • And his kind of ornateness and indirection told me that he really was still uncomfortable about it.

    The Very Best Men—Four Who Dared: The Early Years of the CIA 1995

  • 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.

    Rare Michael Jackson Portrait By Andy Warhol Up For Sale 2010

  • No, it was the large number and ornateness of names thing that was more Jack Vance, though the setting was too.

    GANDOLO OF THE WATCHFUL EYE • by Bill Ward 2008

  • And luxury lies not in richness and ornateness but in the absence of vulgarity.

    Mary Hall: Fashion in 2010: What Does it Mean to be Chic? 2010

  • 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.

    Fresh Faces, Same Bunk 2008

  • The ornateness of the dome is both saddening, and very lovely.

    Not another photo puzzle. Ann Althouse 2008

  • 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 Lure of the Curve 2008

  • 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.

    2006 Honda Civic Hybrid 2006

  • 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.

    The Cognitive Science of Art: Ramachandran's 10 Principles of Art, Principles 1-3 Chris 2005

  • 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."

    A Bit of Bunting 2001


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