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90 Examples of Beautiful Words
John Spacey, August 27, 2021
Beautiful words are words that capture some mysterious, wondrous or charming aspect of life. They can also have a somewhat dark or conflicted meaning. Beautiful words are often somewhat unusual words that haven't been overused to become cliche. In other cases, they are considered important to a culture as they capture something about the human experience. The following are illustrative examples of beautiful words. Mellifluous - musical; pleasant soundUnaffected - authentic and not easy to influenceEvanescent - quickly fadingSaudade - longing, melancholy or nostalgia (Portuguese)Demure - reserved or shyMelancholy - gentle sadness that feels deepMeteoric - resembling a meteor in intensityDiaphanous - light and delicateCacophony - a discordant mixture of sounds Yugen - mysterious wonder (Japanese) Ethereal - too perfect for this worldPyrrhic - a false victory that comes at a great costLyrical - an imaginative expressionHalcyon - a period of time that is idyllic and peacefulMemoria - memory (Latin)Nefelibata - daydreamer (Portuguese)Komorebi - sunlight filtering through trees (Japanese)Sonrisa - smile (Spanish) Deft - skilledSprezzatura - effortless elegance (Italian)Meliora - better things (Latin)Atonement -reparation for a wrong Labyrinthine - irregular, intricate and confusingWoolgather - engages in daydreamingSingular - one of a kindResonant - deep, clear and prolongedIkigai - life purpose (Japanese)Eloquence - simple sophisticationMercy - compassion and forgiveness where you have power over someoneIneffable - that which can't be expressed with words Figurati - imagine; don't worry (Italian)Exquisite - beautiful and delicateDauntless - fearless determinationAquiver - tremblingSumptuous - luxuriousNostalgia - a longing for the pastMuse - a person who inspires artRedemption - the transition from bad to goodEonia - eternity (Greek)Humanity - human beings and their worksCaprice - a sudden change in moodRaconteur - a skillful storytellerBliss - perfect happinessAngst - fear that life is meaningless Refined - cultured and self-composedPetrichor - a pleasant smell caused by rain on a dry surfaceElation - great happinessAstral - resembling the starsCharisma - compelling charmGrace - beautiful goodwillHiraeth - longing for home (Welsh)Invicta - undefeated or unconquered (Latin)Sublime - greatness worthy of aweCrimson - a deep vivid redCarpe Diem - seize the day (Latin)Wanderlust - a desire to travelLacuna - unfilled spaceElixir - magical potionVellichor - the strange melancholy of used bookstoresStriking - attracting attentionAloha - love and fellowship (Hawaiian)Resfeber - mixed feelings of fear and excitement (Swedish)Natsukashii - nostalgia for the past (Japanese) Ephemeral - lasting a short timeBeguile - to charmPlethora - large amountSurreptitious - secret or stealthyCatharsis - a sudden release from negativitySolitude - aloneEbullience - cheerful and energeticDulcet - sweet soundAxiom - a true statementWistfulness - gentle sadnessAdamo - fall in love (Latin)Sonder - special (German)Goya - suspension of disbelief (Urdu)Quintessential - perfect example of somethingMahalo - thank you (Hawaiian)Sonorous - an impossibly deep soundNemesis - bitter rivalCharming - delightful personality Silhouette - outline of a figureAurora - northern or southern lightsCompassion - empathy for othersChuchoter - whisper (French)Unearthly - exceptional or mysteriousPensive - deep reflective thoughtÉclatant - sparkling (French)Toska - melancholic angst (Russian)Humanitas - civilization; kindness (Latin)
NotesMany languages have a word for nostalgia that is almost always noted as "impossible to translate." Likewise it is common for words for gentle sadnesses such as melancholy to be thought to be difficult to translate.
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