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Webster's Dictionary 1828


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Adorn

ADORN', verb transitive [Latin adorno, ad and orno, to deck, or beautify, to dress, set off, extol, furnish.

1. To deck or decorate; to make beautiful; to add to beauty by dress; to deck with external ornaments.

A bride adorneth, herself with jewels. Isaiah 61:10.

To set off to advantage; to add ornaments to; to embellish by any thing external or adventitious; as, to adorn a speech by appropriate action, sentiments with elegance of language, or a gallery with pictures.

3. To make pleasing, or more pleasing; as, great abilities adorned by virtue or affability.

4. To display the beauty or excellence of; as, to adorn the doctrine of God. Titus 2:10.

ADORN', noun Ornament. obsolete

ADORN', adjective Adorned; decorated. obsolete