Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The 100 Most Beautiful Words In English

Edited to add that this was not my own work.
I would have loved to have been clever enough to be credited with this, but all credit must go here :-

The 100 most beautiful words in English


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Ailurophile   A cat-lover.


Assemblage   A gathering.

Becoming   Attractive.

Beleaguer   To exhaust with attacks.

Brood   To think alone.

Bucolic   In a lovely rural setting.

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.

Glamour   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 art work combining materials from various sources.

Penumbra   A half-shadow.

Petrichor   The smell of 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.

Susurrous   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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2 comments:

Mimi said...

Is this your list? Great words!

November In My Soul said...

Luxuriant. Right up my proverbial alley.