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Seven more beautiful words from our editors

Oct 16, 2018

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Recently, we put together a list of all the most beautiful words we could come up with, either because of the way they sound, the balance in their spelling or their lovely definitions (or a combination of many). We whittled the list down and shared them with you as an ode to the beauty of the English language.

 

We found this an inspiring exercise and one with a neverending bounty of words. We even received some lovely words from readers to add to the list. Words such as persiflage, meander and umbriferous (recently one of our Words of the Day) are all gorgeous suggestions.

 

So, we made another list, to hopefully bring some joy to your days again. And please don't forget to comment and tell us even more of your own ideas of beautiful words.

Beautiful words - menagerie - a collection of wild or strange animals

Beautiful words - ambrosia - the food of the gods in classical mythology

Beautiful words - mercurial - sprightly, volatile

Beautiful words - phoenix - a person or thing that is restored after death

Beautiful words - embonpoint - exaggerated plumpness, stoutness

Beautiful words - frankincense - an aromatic gum resin

Beautiful words - gravitas - dignified authority, seriousness


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Janise - Nov. 1, 2018, 3:21 p.m.

Were you trying to test our eyesight? I found it very difficult to read the meanings. Just as well I have a hard copy of the excellent dictionary; it never leaves the side of my computer. I did get much pleasure in reading the words, though, and doing further research.


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Candace Admin - Nov. 21, 2018, 3:36 p.m.

Thank you for your feedback, Janise!
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Shared - Nov. 2, 2018, 9:11 a.m.

Congratulations to the people who chose the background images for each word. I loved the circle theme for the previous list too. The images really add to the beauty of the word itself.


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Candace Admin - Nov. 21, 2018, 3:37 p.m.

Thank you for your lovely feedback!
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