SOME BEAUTIFUL WORDS

“Salubrious” is probably my favourite and most commonly used.

Abeyance: Temporary inactivity, cessation, or suspension

Acataphasia: A loss of the ability to express oneself using organized syntax.

Acquiesce: Submit or comply silently or without protest.

Ailurophile: A cat-lover.

Ameliorate: To make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory

Assemblage: A gathering.

Azure: A variation of blue that is often described as the color of the sky on a clear summer’s day

Becoming: Attractive.

Beleaguer: To exhaust with attacks.

Brood: To think alone.

Bucolic: In a lovely rural setting.

Bungalow: A small, cozy cottage.

Callipygous: Having beautifully proportioned buttocks.

Cathartic: Inducing catharsis; purgative.

Chatoyant: Like a cat’s eye.

Comely: Attractive.

Conflate: To blend together.

Crestfallen: Dejected; dispirited; discouraged

Cynosure: A focal point of admiration.

Dalliance: A brief love affair.

Demesne: Dominion, territory.

Demure: Shy and reserved.

Denouement: The resolution of a mystery.

Desideratum: Something wanted or needed.

Desuetude: Disuse.

Desultory: Slow, sluggish.

Diaphanous: Filmy.

Dissemble: Deceive.

Dulcet: Sweet, sugary.

Ebullience: Bubbling enthusiasm.

Effervescent: Bubbly.

Efflorescence: Flowering, blooming.

Effluence: The act or an instance of flowing out.

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.

Ensorcell: To bewitch or enchant someone.

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.

Frisson: A moment of intense excitement.

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.

Juxtaposition: The state of being close together or side by side.

Labyrinthine: Twisting and turning.

Lachrymose: Given to tears or weeping.

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.

Loquacious: Talking or tending to talk much or freely.

Malevolence: Wishing evil or harm to another or others.

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: Proximity; Nearness

Pyrrhic: Successful with heavy losses.

Quintessential: Most essential.

Quixotic: Impulsive and often rashly unpredictable.

Ratatouille: A spicy French stew.

Ravel: To knit or unknit.

Redolent: Fragrant.

Resplendence: Splendid or dazzling in appearance.

Riparian: By the bank of a stream.

Ripple: A very small wave.

Saccharine: Overly or sickishly sweet.

Salubrious: pleasant or not run-down.

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.

Soliloquy: The act of talking to oneself.

Sovereign: Having supreme rank, power, or authority.

Summery: Light, delicate or warm and sunny.

Sumptuous: Lush, luxurious.

Superfluous: Unnecessary or excessive.

Surreptitious: Secretive, sneaky.

Susquehanna: A river in Pennsylvania.

Susurrous: Whispering, hissing.

Syllogism: An extremely subtle, sophisticated, or deceptive argument.

Synecdoche: Simultaneous understanding.

Talisman: A good luck charm.

Tintinnabulation: Tinkling.

Umbrella: Protection from sun or rain.

Untoward: Unseemly, inappropriate.

Velvet: A very pleasant, luxurious, desirable situation.

Verisimilitude: A philosophical concept that distinguishes between the truth and the falsity of assertions and hypotheses.

Vespertine: Relating to, or occurring in the evening.

Vestigial: In trace amounts.

Wafture: The act of waving or a wavelike motion.

Wherewithal: The means.

Woebegone: Sorrowful, downcast.

Zephyr: A gentle breeze.

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