ornateness

Definitions

  • Showing a number of decorated buildings and a free-standing ornate column
    Showing a number of decorated buildings and a free-standing ornate column
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ornateness an ornate appearance; being elaborately (even excessively) decorated
    • n ornateness high-flown style; excessive use of verbal ornamentation "the grandiosity of his prose","an excessive ornateness of language"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Showing ornate shell-shaped, floral and leaf patterns, and figures Showing ornate shell-shaped, floral and leaf patterns, and figures
Showing ornate interwoven leaf and stem patterns Showing ornate interwoven leaf and stem patterns
Ornately engraved flowers, with an inset portrait of Mrs Browning Ornately engraved flowers, with an inset portrait of Mrs Browning
An ornate doorway with balconies on the floors above An ornate doorway with balconies on the floors above
The ornate fountain featuring mythological figures The ornate fountain featuring mythological figures

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Found in Argentina, the ornate horned frog can eat an entire mouse with one swallow
    • n Ornateness The quality of being ornate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ornateness The state of being ornate or adorned.
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Quotations

  • Christian Nevell Bovee
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    “Partial culture runs to the ornate, extreme culture to simplicity.”

Usage

In literature:

Figures 190 and 191 illustrate two modern varieties of Blackletter, one very simple and the other very ornate.
"Letters and Lettering" by Frank Chouteau Brown
They weren't nearly as ornate, though, as the regalia of King Angus I of Gram.
"Space Viking" by Henry Beam Piper
This room was as bare as the other had been ornate.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
Mr. Milburgh's office was much larger and less ornate than his late employer's.
"The Daffodil Mystery" by Edgar Wallace
The table was decorated with an ornate floral design in the centre, from which trailed wreaths of green to every plate.
"A Woman's Journey through the Philippines" by Florence Kimball Russel
The Night grew older, drawing about her her more ornate garb of witchery.
"The Singing Mouse Stories" by Emerson Hough
But the castle was not ornate enough to suit the builders.
"The Corner House Girls at School" by Grace Brooks Hill
The mass was an ornate one, though not more so than they were accustomed to at Beaulieu.
"The Armourer's Prentices" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Partial culture runs to the ornate; extreme culture to simplicity.
"The Atlantic Monthly , Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858" by Various
The interior is very ornate.
"Holborn and Bloomsbury" by Sir Walter Besant
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In poetry:

Often ornateness
Goes with greatness;
Oftener felicity
Comes of simplicity.
"Art Maxims" by William Watson
Ours is the ornate birdcage
The brimming cup of water
The preface to the book
And all the clocks are ticking
All the dark rooms are moving
All the air's nerves are bare.
"The Cage" by David Gascoyne

In news:

It was a pleasure to sit in the tastefully ornate Arkley Center in Eureka on a Saturday afternoon.
Photograph by Pete Saporito Bella of the Boardwalk: The ornately painted Sea Swings ride was built in Italy.
Ornate t-shirts are all the rage, but sometimes the price tags make us tremble.
Its ornate headboard is more than six feet tall and made of oak -- a king size bed, at that.
I had been examining New York artist Virginie Sommet's walls of small glass boxes, decoratively arranged in an ornate frame and filled with the results of three colonics she did in one week, when the artist herself popped up at my elbow.
Many fall 2012 women's fashion collections use ornate fabrics, embroidered brocades and rococo influences to create an Old World elegance.
Looking more like a cathedral, St Joseph Chapel includes incredibly ornate workmanship and religious relics, including a complete skeleton of a third-century martyred saint and hundreds of bone fragments of different saints.
As Sven Haakanson looked over Alaska material in a Russian museum a few years ago, he spotted an ornate box.
I'm strolling down the street and glance at the ornate, European-inspired clock set in a faux windmill.
Fifty ornate carousel horses sat in a warehouse in the Brooklyn Army Terminal Tuesday morning, waiting to be shipped to a new location.
There are no Corinthian columns, no ornate coffered ceilings, and the grand staircase is of stainless steel and terrazzo rather than marble.
It is a lofty stage to be erected — an ornate frame within which a masterful painting will be hung.
Two decades ago, costume designer Michael Bush created an ornate fencing jacket for Michael Jackson to wear on tour.
Instead of an ornate and massive bastion of tradition, the so-called Castle House is a sleek, airy, one-level showcase of modernism , its defining feature a cypress butterfly ceiling that appears capable of flight.
There's something about lavish, ornate Moroccan décor that makes even the most traditional client yearn for a touch of the exotic.
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