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103 Most Beautiful Words? You Decide

12 Jun

There’s a list of beautiful words going around the internet–the 100 most beautiful words, or so they claim. I love words. I’ve written

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103 Most Beautiful Words? (image created in Wordle)

several posts about words in general and this one about the beauty of words. I’m always interested in adding to my list. Here’s their list:

100 Most beautiful words in the English language* 

  1. Ailurophile A cat-lover.
  2. Assemblage A gathering.
  3. Becoming Attractive.
  4. Beleaguer To exhaust with attacks.
  5. Brood To think alone.
  6. Bucolic In a lovely rural setting.
  7. Bungalow A small, cozy cottage.
  8. Chatoyant Like a cat’s eye.
  9. Comely Attractive.
  10. Conflate To blend together.
  11. Cynosure A focal point of admiration.
  12. Dalliance A brief love affair.
  13. Demesne Dominion, territory.
  14. Demure Shy and reserved.
  15. Denouement The resolution of a mystery.
  16. Desuetude Disuse.
  17. Desultory Slow, sluggish.
  18. Diaphanous Filmy.
  19. Dissemble Deceive.
  20. Dulcet Sweet, sugary.
  21. Ebullience Bubbling enthusiasm.
  22. Effervescent Bubbly.
  23. Efflorescence Flowering, blooming.
  24. Elision Dropping a sound or syllable in a word.
  25. Elixir A good potion.
  26. Eloquence Beauty and persuasion in speech.
  27. Embrocation Rubbing on a lotion.
  28. Emollient A softener.
  29. Ephemeral Short-lived.
  30. Epiphany A sudden revelation.
  31. Erstwhile At one time, for a time.
  32. Ethereal Gaseous, invisible but detectable.
  33. Evanescent Vanishing quickly, lasting a very short time.
  34. Evocative Suggestive.
  35. Fetching Pretty.
  36. Felicity Pleasantness.
  37. Forbearance Withholding response to provocation.
  38. Fugacious Fleeting.
  39. Furtive Shifty, sneaky.
  40. Gambol To skip or leap about joyfully.
  41. Glamour Beauty.
  42. Gossamer The finest piece of thread, a spider’s silk.
  43. Halcyon Happy, sunny, care-free.
  44. Harbinger Messenger with news of the future.
  45. Imbrication Overlapping and forming a regular pattern.
  46. Imbroglio An altercation or complicated situation.
  47. Imbue To infuse, instill.
  48. Incipient Beginning, in an early stage.
  49. Ineffable Unutterable, inexpressible.
  50. Ingénue A naïve young woman.
  51. Inglenook A cozy nook by the hearth.
  52. Insouciance Blithe nonchalance.
  53. Inure To become jaded.
  54. Labyrinthine Twisting and turning.
  55. Lagniappe A special kind of gift.
  56. Lagoon A small gulf or inlet.
  57. Languor Listlessness, inactivity.
  58. Lassitude Weariness, listlessness.
  59. Leisure Free time.
  60. Lilt To move musically or lively.
  61. Lissome Slender and graceful.
  62. Lithe Slender and flexible.
  63. Love Deep affection.
  64. Mellifluous Sweet sounding.
  65. Moiety One of two equal parts.
  66. Mondegreen A slip of the ear.
  67. Murmurous Murmuring.
  68. Nemesis An unconquerable archenemy.
  69. Offing The sea between the horizon and the offshore.
  70. Onomatopoeia A word that sounds like its meaning.
  71. Opulent Lush, luxuriant.
  72. Palimpsest A manuscript written over earlier ones.
  73. Panacea A solution for all problems
  74. Panoply A complete set.
  75. Pastiche An art work combining materials from various sources.
  76. Penumbra A half-shadow.
  77. Petrichor The smell of earth after rain.
  78. Plethora A large quantity.
  79. Propinquity Proximity; Nearness
  80. Pyrrhic Successful with heavy losses.
  81. Quintessential Most essential.
  82. Ratatouille A spicy French stew.
  83. Ravel To knit or unknit.
  84. Redolent Fragrant.
  85. Riparian By the bank of a stream.
  86. Ripple A very small wave.
  87. Scintilla A spark or very small thing.
  88. Sempiternal Eternal.
  89. Seraglio Rich, luxurious oriental palace or harem.
  90. Serendipity Finding something nice while looking for something else.
  91. Summery Light, delicate or warm and sunny.
  92. Sumptuous Lush, luxurious.
  93. Surreptitious Secretive, sneaky.
  94. Susquehanna A river in Pennsylvania.
  95. Susurrous Whispering, hissing.
  96. Talisman A good luck charm.
  97. Tintinnabulation Tinkling.
  98. Umbrella Protection from sun or rain.
  99. Untoward Unseemly, inappropriate.
  100. Vestigial In trace amounts.
  101. Wafture Waving.
  102. Wherewithal The means.
  103. Woebegone Sorrowful, downcast.

 What do you think? Vestigial, susurrous, talisman... There are some beauties.


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing TeachersCisco guest blog, Technology in Education featured blogger, IMS tech expert, and a bi-monthly contributor to Today’s Author. In her free time, she is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculumK-8 keyboard curriculumK-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. Currently, she’s editing a thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. The sequel to To Hunt a Sub, Twenty-four Days, will be out this summer. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, CSG Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.


 
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