- physical beauty; comeliness.
Origin of pulchritude
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin pulchritūdō beauty, equivalent to pulchri- (combining form of pulcher beautiful) + -tūdō -tude
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loveliness, beauteousness, fairness.
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Examples from the Web for pulchritude
She thrust it out and strove to find encouragement in its pulchritude.The Californians</p>
Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
I have never had any money and my particular kind of pulchritude doesn't appeal to them.Paradise Garden
If he has any, her crude manoeuvres make him laugh and he is repelled by her lack of pulchritude and amiability.In Defense of Women
H. L. Mencken
From the beginning he and his friends have capitalized his poverty of pulchritude and his pulchritudinous poverty.Idling in Italy
Her pulchritude has a background of good character and she is alive with the spirit of the New World.In the Days of Poor Richard</p>
- formal, or literary physical beauty
C15: from Latin pulchritūdō, from pulcher beautiful
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Word Origin and History for pulchritude
"beauty," c.1400, from Latin pulchritudo "beauty; excellence, attractiveness," from pulcher "beautiful," of unknown origin.
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