beautiful
adjective Date: 15th century 1. having qualities of beauty ; exciting aesthetic pleasure 2. generally pleasing ; excellentbeautifully adverbbeautifulness noun Synonyms: beautiful, lovely, handsome, pretty, comely, fair mean exciting sensuous or aesthetic pleasure. beautiful applies to whatever excites the keenest of pleasure to the senses and stirs emotion through the senses <
beautiful mountain scenery
>
. lovely is close to beautiful but applies to a narrower range of emotional excitation in suggesting the graceful, delicate, or exquisite <
a lovely melody
>
. handsome suggests aesthetic pleasure due to proportion, symmetry, or elegance <
a handsome Georgian mansion
>
. pretty often applies to superficial or insubstantial attractiveness <
a painter of conventionally pretty scenes
>
. comely is like handsome in suggesting what is coolly approved rather than emotionally responded to <
the comely grace of a dancer
>
. fair suggests beauty because of purity, flawlessness, or freshness <
fair of face
>
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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