Definition of Paint the lily
1. Verb. Adorn unnecessarily (something that is already beautiful).
Generic synonyms: Adorn, Beautify, Decorate, Embellish, Grace, Ornament
2. Verb. Make unnecessary additions to what is already complete.
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Literary usage of Paint the lily
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1. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"You can, of course, use paint the lily if you like, but we doubt that Shakespeare would insist on it. ..."
2. The Knickerbocker: Or, New-York Monthly Magazine by Charles Fenno Hoffman, Timothy Flint, Lewis Gaylord Clark, Kinahan Cornwallis, John Holmes Agnew (1847)
"We have no doubt the author would confidently quote a similar disregard of rule in the best poets: ' To gild refined gold, to paint the lily,' for example ..."