Saturday, June 28, 2008
I googled beautiful words and this list came out. What do you guys think? For me, the two most beautiful words are pictured above.
Most beautiful words in the English language by diaskeaus
adroit: Dexterous, agile.
adumbrate: To very gently suggest.
aestivate: To summer, to spend the summer.
ailurophile: A cat-lover.
amaryllis: Bulbous plants which have large red or pink flowers.
anemone: Any of various plants of the buttercup family, having petal-like sepals.
aqua: A light greenish-blue color.
asphodel: Plants having white, pink, or yellow flowers in elongated clusters.
banana: Herbs having a crown of large, entire leaves and a hanging cluster of fruits.
beatific: Befitting an angel or saint.
beleaguer: To exhaust with attacks.
blandiloquent: Beautiful and flattering.
caliginous: Dark and misty.
champagne: An effervescent wine.
chatoyant: Like a cat's eye.
chiaroscuro: The arrangement of dark and light elements in a picture.
choas: The exponential divergence of two arbitrarily close points in phase space.
cockle: A heart-shaped bivalve or a garden flower.
colporteur: A book peddler.
conflate: To blend together, to combine different things.
cynosure: A focal point of admiration.
diffuse: Spread out, not focused or concentrated.
dulcet: Sweet, sugary.
ebullient: Bubbling with enthusiasm.
efflorescence: Flowering, the opening of buds or a bloom.
elixir: A good potion.
elysium: Any place or state of perfect happiness; paradise.
emollient: A softener.
encomium: A spoken or written work in praise of someone.
inglenook: The place beside the fireplace.
epicure: A person who enjoys fine living, especially food and drink.
epiphany: A sudden revelation.
erstwhile: At one time, for a time.
eschew: To reject or avoid.
esoteric: Understood only by a small group of specialists.
ethereal: Gaseous, invisible but detectable.
etiolate: White from no contact with light.
evanescent: Vanishing quickly, lasting a very short time.
exuberant: Enthusiastic, excited.
fescue: A variety of grass favored for pastures.
fragile: Very, very delicate.
fugacious: Running, escaping.
gambol: To skip or leap about joyfully.
gossamer: The finest piece of thread, a spider's silk.
halcyon: Happy, sunny, care-free.
harbors of memory
hymeneal: Having to do with a wedding.
imbricate: To overlap to form a regular pattern.
imbroglio: An altercation or complicated situation.
imbue: To infuse, instill.
incipient: Beginning, in an early stage.
ingénue: A naïve young woman.
inspissate: To thicken.
inure: To jade.
jejune: Dull; childish.
lagniappe: A gift given to a customer for their patronage.
lagoon: A small gulf or inlet in the sea.
languor: Listlessness, inactivity.
lassitude: Weariness, listlessness.
laughter: The response to something funny.
lilt: To move musically or lively, to have a lively sound.
lithe: Slender and flexible.
luxuriant: Thick, lavish.
missive: A message or letter.
moiety: One of two equal parts, a half.
mondegreen: A misanalyzed phrase.
niveous: Snowy, snow-like.
obsequious: Fawning, subservience.
odalisque: A concubine in a harem.
oeuvre: A work.
offing: That part of the sea between the horizon and the offshore.
onomatopoeia: The creation of words by imitating sound.
paean: A formal expression of praise.
palimpsest: A manuscript written over one or more earlier ones.
panacea: A complete solution for all problems.
panoply: A complete set.
pastiche: A mixture of art work (art or music) from various sources.
peccadillo: A peculiarity.
pelagic: Related to the sea or ocean.
penumbra: A half-shadow, the edge of a shadow.
peregrination: Wandering, travels.
petrichor: The smell of earth after a rain.
plethora: A great quantity.
porcelain: A fine white clay pottery.
potamophilous: Loving rivers.
propinquity: An inclination or preference.
pyrrhic: Victorious despite heavy losses.
quintessential: The ultimate, the essence of the essence.
rhapsody: A beautiful musical piece.
riparian: Having to do with the bank of a river or other body of water.
ripple: A small, circular wave emanating from a central point.
scintillate: To sparkle with brilliant light.
sempiternal: Forever and ever.
seraglio: Housing for a harem.
serendipity: Finding something while looking for something else.
soliloquy: Dramatic speech intended to give the illusion of unspoken reflections.
susurrus: Producing a hushing sound, like flowing water.
symbiosis: Interdependence of two different species.
syzygy: The direct opposition of two heavenly bodies.
talisman: A symbolic object believed to have magical powers.
terpsichorean: Related to dance.
vestige: A small fragment.
whisper: Speaking without vibrating the vocal folds.
zyzzyva: A kind of beetle.