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beau idéal

/bo ideal/
noun (pl) beaux idéals (boz ideal)
perfect beauty or excellence
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literally: ideal beauty
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  • She is a fair vision, the beau idéal of a poet's first mistress; but has few mortal lineaments.

  • His flight was the beau idéal of ease and gracefulness—for in this no bird can equal the kite.

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
  • He has not used Buddhism either as a bugbear or as a beau idéal.

  • Of course their beau idéal in ecclesiastical action was a board of safe, sound, sensible men.

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua John Henry Cardinal Newman
  • The Mississippi is the beau idéal of rivers in regard to navigable facilities.

  • Indoors, the quaint old house now looked simply picturesque, and Mrs. Jones the beau idéal of a cheery old hostess.

    Uncanny Tales Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • With his throat open, and his loose black handkerchief, he was the beau idéal of a handsome sailor.

    The Three Cutters Captain Frederick Marryat
  • He was the beau idéal of the soldier-monk, and the true embodiment of a spirit of chivalry which was fast passing away.

    The Story of Malta Maturin M. Ballou

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