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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (v. t.) To deck or dress with ornaments; to embellish; to set off to advantage; to render pleasing or attractive.

2. (n.) Adornment.

3. (a.) Adorned; decorated.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

a-dorn' (kosmeo): Has as its primary meaning "to arrange," "to put In order," "to decorate." It is used with reference to the manner in which Christian women were urged to dress. This was a vital question in the early church, and both Paul and Peter give advice on the subject (1 Timothy 2:9 1 Peter 3:3).


Figurative: In Matthew 12:44 the King James Version the word is translated "garnish" and is used in a figurative sense. It describes accurately the condition of the Jewish nation. Even though they have swept out idolatry and have adorned the life with much ceremony and endless religious prescriptions yet the evil spirit can say, "I will return to my house." This same thing has repeatedly been done by individuals and nations when reforms have been instituted, but Christ was not enthroned and the heart or nation was still dominated by evil. It is used also in a figurative sense with reference to the graces of the Christian life. When we remember how very highly Orientals esteem the adornment of the body, its use here becomes very forceful. It is this that makes Psalm 45:13 of special significance as to the beauty and glory of the church as she is presented to God. See also Proverbs 1:9; Proverbs 4:9 Isaiah 61:10 1 Peter 3:4, 5. Consecration to God, the indwelling of His Spirit, righteousness, a meek and quiet spirit-these are the true adornments of the life. All these passages carry with them the idea of joy, the satisfaction that should be ours in these possessions.

Jacob W. Kapp

2885. kosmeo -- to order, arrange
... to order, arrange. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: kosmeo Phonetic Spelling:
(kos-meh'-o) Short Definition: I put into order, adorn Definition: I put into ...
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4737. stephanoo -- to crown
... to crown. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: stephanoo Phonetic Spelling:
(stef-an-o'-o) Short Definition: I crown, adorn Definition: I crown, adorn, decorate ...
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5558. chrusoo -- to gild, to cover with gold
... to gild, to cover with gold. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: chrusoo Phonetic
Spelling: (khroo-so'-o) Short Definition: I gild, adorn with gold Definition ...
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Strong's Hebrew
1921. hadar -- to honor, adorn, perhaps to swell
... 1920, 1921. hadar. 1922 . to honor, adorn, perhaps to swell. Transliteration:
hadar Phonetic Spelling: (haw-dar') Short Definition: honor. Word Origin a prim ...
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5710. adah -- to pass on, advance
... 5709, 5710. adah. 5710a . to pass on, advance. Transliteration: adah Phonetic
Spelling: (aw-daw') Short Definition: adorn. adorn, deck self, pass by, take ...
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5710b. adah -- to ornament or deck oneself
... root Definition to ornament or deck oneself NASB Word Usage adorn (1), adorn yourself
(1), adorned (2), adorns (1), decorate (1), decorated yourselves (1 ...
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6059. anaq -- to serve as a necklace
... A primitive root; properly, to choke; used only as denominative from anaq, to collar,
ie Adorn with a necklace; figuratively, to fit out with supplies ...
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6286. paar -- to beautify, glorify
... root Definition to beautify, glorify NASB Word Usage adorn (1), beautify (2), become
boastful (1), boast (1), glorified (4), glorify (1), honor (1), show my ...
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Our Life is to Adorn the Gospel.
... OUR LIFE IS TO ADORN THE GOSPEL. To adorn is to make attractive, to beautify.
We are exhorted by the apostle Paul to adorn the doctrine ...
// to live a holy life/our life is to adorn.htm

Ep. Lxxxviii. It was Needful that the Royal Image Should Adorn the ...
... Ep. LXXXVIII. It was needful that the Royal Image should adorn the Royal City.�
It was needful that the Royal Image should adorn the Royal City. ...
/.../cyril/select letters of saint gregory nazianzen/ep lxxxviii it was needful.htm

The Doctrine Adorned
... V The Doctrine Adorned. 'But shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn
the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.' (Titus 2:10.). ...
/.../howard/standards of life and service/v the doctrine adorned.htm

Whether the Adornment of Women is Devoid of Mortal Sin?
... Objection 3: Further, just as it is unbecoming for a woman to wear man's clothes,
so is it unbecoming for her to adorn herself inordinately. ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether the adornment of women.htm

Women Adorned with Good Work
... XVII Women adorned with Good Work. Let women adorn themselves; not with braided
hair, and gold or pearls or costly raiment; but through good works. ...
/...// for god/xvii women adorned with good.htm

To-Day the Groans of Hades Rise, --
... Into the realm of light.'. Let glory now the Cross adorn,. Hail, hail the Resurrection
morn! II. ... And He hath rescued all.'. Let glory now the Cross adorn,. ...
/.../brownlie/hymns of the greek church/to-day the groans of hades.htm

V. ...
... great price. For thus also did the holy women of old adorn themselves, who
hoped in God and were subject to their husbands. As Sarah ...
/.../the epistles of st peter and st jude preached and explained/chapter iii v .htm

1 Timothy ii. 10-Aug
... In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness
and sobriety; not with broidered hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly ...
/.../homily viii 1 timothy ii.htm

On Dress
... Paul's words are, (1:Tim.2:9, 10, ) "I will that women adorn themselves in modest
apparel; not " with gold, or pearls, or costly array; but (which becometh ...
/.../wesley/sermons on several occasions/sermon 88 on dress.htm

Letter xiv. Dress.
... LETTERS, &c. LETTER XIV. Dress. "In like manner also that women adorn themselves
in ... The apostle enjoins upon women to adorn themselves with modest apparel. ...
/.../newcomb/a practical directory for young christian females/letter xiv dress.htm

Adorn (13 Occurrences)
... 2. (n.) Adornment. 3. (a.) Adorned; decorated. Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia.
ADORN. ... Jacob W. Kapp. Multi-Version Concordance Adorn (13 Occurrences). ...
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Garnish (1 Occurrence)
... Easton's Bible Dictionary Overlay with stones (2 Chronicles 3:6), adorn (Revelation
21:19), deck with garlands (Matthew 23:29), furnish (12:44). ...
/g/garnish.htm - 9k

Adorned (20 Occurrences)
... (imp. & pp) of Adorn. ... (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS). Ezekiel 16:11 And I adorn thee with
adornments, And I give bracelets for thy hands, And a chain for thy neck. ...
/a/adorned.htm - 12k

Jewel (12 Occurrences)
... 5. (vt) To dress, adorn, deck, or supply with jewels, as a dress, a sword hilt,
or a watch; to bespangle, as with jewels. Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. ...
/j/jewel.htm - 12k

Gem (1 Occurrence)
... 5. (vt) To adorn with gems or precious stones. 6. (vt) To embellish or adorn,
as with gems; as, a foliage gemmed with dewdrops. Int. ...
/g/gem.htm - 7k

Flourish (26 Occurrences)
... 8. (vt) To adorn with flowers or beautiful figures, either natural or
artificial; to ornament with anything showy; to embellish. ...
/f/flourish.htm - 18k

Attire (11 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (vt) To dress; to array; to adorn; esp., to
clothe with elegant or splendid garments. 2. (n.) Dress ...
/a/attire.htm - 11k

Array (63 Occurrences)
... 8. (n.) To place or dispose in order, as troops for battle; to marshal. 9. (n.)
To deck or dress; to adorn with dress; to cloth to envelop; -- applied esp. ...
/a/array.htm - 30k

Necklace (9 Occurrences)
... (See JPS NAS RSV NIV). Ezekiel 16:11 And I adorn thee with adornments, And I give
bracelets for thy hands, And a chain for thy neck. (See NAS NIV). ...
/n/necklace.htm - 10k

Nebuchadnezzar (90 Occurrences)
... Having completed the subjugation of Phoenicia, and inflicted chastisement on Egypt,
Nebuchadnezzar now set himself to rebuild and adorn the city of Babylon (Dan ...
/n/nebuchadnezzar.htm - 57k

Bible Concordance
Adorn (13 Occurrences)

1 Timothy 2:9 In the same way, that women also adorn themselves in decent clothing, with modesty and propriety; not just with braided hair, gold, pearls, or expensive clothing;

Titus 2:10 not stealing, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God, our Savior, in all things.

1 Peter 3:5 For this is how the holy women before, who hoped in God also adorned themselves, being in subjection to their own husbands:

Ezra 7:27 Blessed be Yahweh, the God of our fathers, who has put such a thing as this in the king's heart, to beautify the house of Yahweh which is in Jerusalem;
(See NAS)

Job 40:10 "Now deck yourself with excellency and dignity. Array yourself with honor and majesty.

Psalms 144:12 Then our sons will be like well-nurtured plants, our daughters like pillars carved to adorn a palace.

Proverbs 1:9 For they will be a crown of grace for your head, and chain-ornaments about your neck.
(See NIV)

Isaiah 60:7 All the flocks of Kedar will come together to you, the sheep of Nebaioth will be ready for your need; they will be pleasing offerings on my altar, and my house of prayer will be beautiful.
(See NIV)

Isaiah 60:13 The glory of Lebanon will come to you, the cypress, the plane, and the sherbin-tree together, to make my holy place beautiful; and the resting-place of my feet will be full of glory.
(See NIV)

Jeremiah 4:30 And thou, O spoiled one, what dost thou? For thou puttest on scarlet, For thou adornest thyself 'with' ornaments of gold. For thou rendest with pain thine eyes, In vain thou dost make thyself fair, Kicked against thee have doting ones, Thy life they do seek.
(Root in YLT NIV)

Jeremiah 31:4 Again will I build you, and you shall be built, O virgin of Israel: again you shall be adorned with your tambourines, and shall go forth in the dances of those who make merry.

Ezekiel 16:11 And I adorn thee with adornments, And I give bracelets for thy hands, And a chain for thy neck.

Hosea 2:13 I will visit on her the days of the Baals, to which she burned incense, when she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and went after her lovers, and forgot me," says Yahweh.
(See NAS)



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Garnish (1 Occurrence)

Adorned (20 Occurrences)

Jewel (12 Occurrences)

Gem (1 Occurrence)

Flourish (26 Occurrences)

Attire (11 Occurrences)

Array (63 Occurrences)

Necklace (9 Occurrences)

Nebuchadnezzar (90 Occurrences)

Ornate (1 Occurrence)

Ornament (23 Occurrences)

Lace (7 Occurrences)

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Illuminate (1 Occurrence)

Illustrate (1 Occurrence)

Illumine (2 Occurrences)

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Figure (19 Occurrences)

Facing (79 Occurrences)

Flower (33 Occurrences)

Furnish (8 Occurrences)

Fillet (1 Occurrence)

Fringe (7 Occurrences)

Fidelity (13 Occurrences)

Front (327 Occurrences)

Trappings (1 Occurrence)

Tassel (5 Occurrences)

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Tires (3 Occurrences)

Trim (4 Occurrences)

Tapestry (3 Occurrences)

Trick (11 Occurrences)

Robbing (7 Occurrences)

Ribbon (7 Occurrences)

Enrich (6 Occurrences)

Expensive (6 Occurrences)

Discreetly (3 Occurrences)

Diadem (9 Occurrences)

Deportment (12 Occurrences)

Discretion (20 Occurrences)

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Decent (2 Occurrences)

Deck (8 Occurrences)

Decency (1 Occurrence)

Mitre (10 Occurrences)

Mulberry (6 Occurrences)

Mask (3 Occurrences)

Modest (2 Occurrences)

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Broided (1 Occurrence)

Braided (10 Occurrences)

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Costly (26 Occurrences)

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