Beautiful Words

100 Beautiful Words in English

ailurophile A cat-lover
assemblage A gathering
becoming Attractive
beleaguer To exhaust with attacks
brood To think alone
bucolic In a lovely rural sitting
bungalow A small, cozy cottage
chatoyant Like a cat’s eye
comely Attractive
conflate To blend together
cynosure A focal point of admiration
dalliance A brief love affair
demesne Dominion, territory
demure Shy and reserved
denouement The resolution of a mystery
desuetude Disuse
desultory Slow, sluggish
diaphanous Filmy
dissemble Deceive
dulcet Sweet, sugary
ebullience Bubbling enthusiasm
effervescent Bubbly
efflorescence Flowering, blooming
elision Dropping a sound or syllable in a word
elixir A good potion
eloquence Beauty and persuasion in speech
embrocation Rubbing on a lotion
emollient A softener
ephemeral Short-lived
epiphany A sudden revelation
erstwhile At one time, for a time
ethereal Gaseous, invisible but detectable
evanescent Vanishing quickly, lasting a very short time
evocative Suggestive
fetching Pretty
felicity Pleasantness
forbearance Withholding response to provocation
fugacious Fleeting
furtive Shifty, sneaky
gambol To skip or leap about joyfully
glamor Beauty
gossamer The finest piece of thread, a spider’s silk
halcyon Happy, sunny, care-free
harbinger Messenger with news of the future
imbrication Overlapping and forming a regular pattern
imbroglio An altercation or complicated situation
imbue To infuse, instill
incipient Beginning, in an early stage
ineffable Unutterable, inexpressible
ingénue A naïve young woman
inglenook A cozy nook by the hearth
insouciance Blithe nonchalance
inure To become jaded
labyrinthine Twisting and turning
lagniappe A special kind of gift
lagoon A small gulf or inlet
languor Listlessness, inactivity
lassitude Weariness, listlessness
leisure Free time
lilt To move musically or lively
lissome Slender and graceful
lithe Slender and flexible
love Deep affection
mellifluous Sweet sounding
moiety One of two equal parts
mondegreen A slip of the ear
murmurous Murmuring
nemesis An unconquerable archenemy
offing The sea between the horizon and the offshore
onomatopoeia A word that sounds like its meaning
opulent Lush, luxuriant
palimpsest A manuscript written over earlier ones
panacea A solution for all problems
panoply A complete set
pastiche An artwork combining materials from various sources
penumbra A half-shadow
petrichor The smell of the earth after rain
plethora A large quantity
propinquity An inclination
pyrrhic Successful with heavy losses
quintessential Most essential
ratatouille A spicy French stew
ravel To knit or unknit
redolent Fragrant
riparian By the bank of a stream
ripple A very small wave
scintilla A spark or very small thing
sempiternal Eternal
seraglio Rich, luxurious oriental palace or harem
serendipity Finding something nice while looking for something else
summery Light, delicate or warm and sunny
sumptuous Lush, luxurious
surreptitious Secretive, sneaky
Susquehanna A river in Pennsylvania
susurrus Whispering, hissing
talisman A good luck charm
tintinnabulation Tinkling
umbrella Protection from sun or rain
untoward Unseemly, inappropriate
vestigial In trace amounts
wafture Waving
wherewithal The means
woebegone Sorrowful, downcast

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