bedizen

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Etymology[edit]

From be- +‎ dizen.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bɪˈdaɪzən/, /bɪˈdɪzən/

Verb[edit]

bedizen (third-person singular simple present bedizens, present participle bedizening, simple past and past participle bedizened)

  1. (transitive) To ornament something in showy, tasteless, or gaudy finery.
    Synonyms: embellish
    • 1918, H. L. Mencken, Damn! A Book of Calumny, page 78:
      Thus a Frenchman, viewing the undraped statues which bedizen his native galleries of art, either enjoys them in a purely aesthetic fashion—which is seldom possible save when he is in liquor—or confesses frankly that he doesn't like them at all; whereas the visiting Americano is so powerfully shocked and fascinated by them that one finds him, the same evening, in places where no respectable man ought to go.
  2. (transitive, Britain dialectal, Northern England) To dirty; cover with dirt.

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