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- Elaborately ornamented, often to excess.
- 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter V, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 24962326:
- The house of Ruthven was a small but ultra-modern limestone affair, between Madison and Fifth ; […]. As a matter of fact its narrow ornate façade presented not a single quiet space that the eyes might rest on after a tiring attempt to follow and codify the arabesques, foliations, and intricate vermiculations of what some disrespectfully dubbed as “near-aissance.”
- Flashy, flowery or showy
- Finely finished, as a style of composition.
elaborately ornamented, often to excess
- (obsolete) To adorn; to honour.
- ornate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- ornate in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911