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To Ado'rn. v.a. [adorno, Lat.]

  1. To dress; to deck the person with ornaments.

    He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation; he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. Isaiah, lxi. 10.

    Yet 'tis not to adorn and gild each part,
    That shews more cost than art;
    Jewels at nose and lips, but ill appear.

  2. To set out any place or thing with decorations.

    A gallery adorned with the pictures or statuses of the invention of things useful to human life. Cowley.

  3. To embellish with oratory or elegance of language.

    This will supply men's tongues with many new things, to be named, adorned, and described, in their discourse. Sprat's History of the Royal Society.

    Thousands there are in darker fame that dewll,
    Whose names some nobler poem shall adorn;
    For, though unknown to me, they sure fought well.

Sources: Cowley, Abraham (19) · Dryden, John (788) · The Bible - Isaiah (16) · Sprat, Thomas (20)

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