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beautiful

[byoo-tuh-fuh l]
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adjective
  1. having beauty; possessing qualities that give great pleasure or satisfaction to see, hear, think about, etc.; delighting the senses or mind: a beautiful dress; a beautiful speech.
  2. excellent of its kind: a beautiful putt on the seventh hole; The chef served us a beautiful roast of beef.
  3. wonderful; very pleasing or satisfying.
noun
  1. the concept of beauty (usually preceded by the).
  2. (used with a plural verb) beautiful things or people collectively (usually preceded by the): the good and the beautiful.
  3. the ideal of beauty (usually preceded by the): to strive to attain the beautiful.
interjection
  1. wonderful; fantastic: You got two front-row seats? Beautiful!
  2. extraordinary; incredible: used ironically: Your car broke down in the middle of the freeway? Beautiful!

Origin of beautiful

First recorded in 1520–30; beauty + -ful
Related formsbeau·ti·ful·ly, adverbbeau·ti·ful·ness, nounun·beau·ti·ful, adjectiveun·beau·ti·ful·ly, adverb

Synonyms

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1. comely, seemly, attractive, fair, beauteous.

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1. Beautiful, handsome, lovely, pretty refer to a pleasing appearance. A person or thing that is beautiful has perfection of form, color, etc., or noble and spiritual qualities: a beautiful landscape, a beautiful woman. Handsome often implies stateliness or pleasing proportion and symmetry: a handsome man. That which is lovely is beautiful but in a warm and endearing way: a lovely smile. Pretty implies a moderate but noticeable beauty, especially in that which is small or of minor importance: a pretty child.

Antonyms

1. ugly.
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Examples from the Web for beautifulness

Historical Examples

  • No other approaches Him in wisdom, love, beautifulness, and glory.

    Modern Skepticism

    C. J. Ellicott

  • Nothing can hurt me no more—And you always stood out to me in my dreams as the angel from love and beautifulness.

    Hungry Hearts

    Anzia Yezierska

  • I asked myself, what was that beautifulness in his eyes that made the lowest nobody feel like a somebody?

    Hungry Hearts

    Anzia Yezierska

  • There is (and Browning proved it) a 'beautifulness' in the rugged; it is a sense of being 'beautifully' rugged.

    Gilbert Keith Chesterton

    Patrick Braybrooke

  • How can you look on the way it dances the beautifulness from every corner and not jump in the air from happiness?

    Hungry Hearts

    Anzia Yezierska


British Dictionary definitions for beautifulness

beautiful

adjective
  1. possessing beauty; aesthetically pleasing
  2. highly enjoyable; very pleasantthe party was beautiful
Derived Formsbeautifulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for beautifulness

beautiful

adj.

mid-15c., from beauty + -ful. The beautiful people "the fashionable set" first attested 1964 in (where else?) "Vogue" (it also was the title of a 1941 play by U.S. dramatist William Saroyan). House Beautiful is from "Pilgrim's Progress," where it is a proper name of a place. Related: Beautifully.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper