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Origin of pulchritude
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What does pulchritude mean?
Pulchritude means physical beauty or attractiveness.
Pulchritude is a fancy (and outdated) way of talking about how someone or something is good-looking. It’s quite rare and, for that reason, usually used for humorous effect.
The adjective form of pulchritude is pulchritudinous, meaning beautiful.
Example: The makeup artist kept talking about the pulchritude of my epidermis, which I guess means I have nice skin.
Where does pulchritude come from?
The first records of pulchritude in English come from around the 1400s. It comes from the Latin word pulchritūdō, meaning “beauty.” The adjective pulchritudinous began to appear in the early 1700s and gained popularity in the 1800s with American authors who started using the word because it was humorously long and overly complicated.
Pulchritude doesn’t sound like it means “beauty,” and that’s usually precisely why it’s used—to be ironic, facetious, or just silly. Because there are many more common words that could be used instead, pulchritude is a word most people either don’t know or avoid using so as not to cause confusion. But if you want to get fancy or a bit cheeky, pulchritude is a beautiful choice. The adjective form pulchritudinous is perhaps more common, though still uncommon in general.
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What are some other forms related to pulchritude?
- pulchritudinous (adjective)
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How is pulchritude used in real life?
Because it’s clunky and relatively obscure, pulchritude isn’t often used in everyday conversation. When it is used, it’s most likely for humorous effect—or because someone is raiding the thesaurus for synonyms for beauty.
Pulchritude – an ugly word that means "beauty." Makes no sense.
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Is pulchritude used correctly in the following sentence?
Her pulchritude is unmatched, her beauty known throughout the kingdom.
Example sentences from the Web for pulchritude
In a race of beings so little modeled after the accepted lines of pulchritude, all this was laughable.Villa Elsa|Stuart Henry
She thrust it out and strove to find encouragement in its pulchritude.The Californians|Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
From the beginning he and his friends have capitalized his poverty of pulchritude and his pulchritudinous poverty.Idling in Italy|Joseph Collins
Not that any lady's pulchritude is a handicap to a stage career or in any way undesirable.The Art of Stage Dancing|Ned Wayburn
I have never had any money and my particular kind of pulchritude doesn't appeal to them.Paradise Garden|George Gibbs