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[puhl-kri-tood-n-uh s, -tyood-]
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  1. physically beautiful; comely.
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Origin of pulchritudinous

1910–15, Americanism; < Latin pulchritūdin- (stem of pulchritūdō) + -ous
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Examples from the Web for pulchritudinous

Historical Examples

  • There are places where no girl can get work unless she's pulchritudinous.

    The Bacillus of Beauty

    Harriet Stark

  • From the beginning he and his friends have capitalized his poverty of pulchritude and his pulchritudinous poverty.

    Idling in Italy

    Joseph Collins

Word Origin and History for pulchritudinous


1877, American English, from pulchritude (from Latin pulchritudino "beauty," genitive pulchritudinis) + -ous.

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