Something bedizened is decorated (or dressed up) in an over-the-top, flashy way.
Either "bid EYE zund" or "bid IZ und."
Go with your preference.
Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “a bedizened parade float.”
2. After a linking verb, as in "The parade float was bedizened.”)
bedizen, bedizening, bedizenment
How to use it:
First, note the critical, negative tone of this word!
You can simply talk about a bedizened thing or person: "these bedizened pageant contestants," "a bedizened storefront window."
But we'll often talk about something or someone bedizened with/in something or bedizened in a certain way: "these pageant contestants bedizened with stage makeup," "the storefront window bedizened in an overzealous holiday spirit."
You'll notice that the "-ed" ending on this word means it's working like an adjective, but it's really a verb (like "flattened" or "surprised.") To use the verb, talk about bedizening something, or bedizening something with something else: "He bedizened every speech with a ridiculous assortment of inappropriate quotations."
As in that last example, feel free to use "bedizened" figuratively: "an expression bedizened with indignant shock," "the truth, but heavily bedizened."
The first few graduates crossed the stage, bedizened in heavy heaps of cords and medals that reminded me of Mardi Gras beads.
Yeah, I've heard his version of what happened. I suspect that yours is equally bedizened.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "bedizened" means when you can explain it without saying "dressed up" or "flashy."
Think of a thing or place that doesn't need any decoration or doesn't need anything added to it, and fill in the blanks: "(Thing or place) is often bedizened (in/with) _____, but it's better (when/if/with) _____."
Example: "Vanilla cones are often bedizened in syrups and nuts, but they're better with nothing on them at all."
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don’t go straight to the review now—let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
This month, we're playing with some fascinating thematic word lists assembled by Stephen Chrisomalis, an English language expert over at The Phrontistery who kindly gave permission for me to use his work. (Check out his site; you will definitely enjoy it!)
Try a question each day, and see the right answers here the following day--or if you can't wait, follow the link to Stephen's list to dig out the answers yourself. Have fun!
Stephen lists hundreds of words for different types of fabric and cloth, from "alpaca" to "muslin" to "zibeline." But he points out that almost all of those hundred varieties are simply "variants or blends of just five basic fabric types."
What are those five basic types? They're s_____, c_____, l____, w___ and w______.
The five types are silk, cotton, linen, wool, and worsted.
Try this one today:
Forsoothery! That's the name for the funny-sounding archaic terms that you really only see in stories, and the Phrontistery has a hilarious list of them that will make you shout "Gadzooks!" or maybe "Lackaday!" Try identifying the correct definitions for these terms:
- Does erelong mean away or soon?
- Is gardyloo a shout of joy or a cry of warning?
- Does twain mean two or rip?
Can't wait until tomorrow for the right answers? Check out Stephen's full list and discussion at the Phrontistery.
A Point Well Made:
Erica Jong: “Silence is the bluntest of blunt instruments.”
1. The opposite of BEDIZENED is
2. The villain emerged onstage, bedizened in _____.
A. a simple black cloak
B. a sharp tux and dark mask
C. a blinding array of feathers and sequins
Answers are below.
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Disclaimer: Word meanings presented here are expressed in plain language and are limited to common, useful applications only. Readers interested in authoritative and multiple definitions of words are encouraged to check a dictionary. Likewise, word meanings, usage, and pronunciations are limited to American English; these elements may vary across world Englishes.
(Why do we even need today's word, then, if those other two do the same job? "Bedizened" offers more variety in phrasing and sentence structure: notice how it's basically a verb and not just an adjective.)
After all this talk of tackiness, you might welcome our word "dec_____," meaning polite, proper for the situation, and in good taste.
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