Charming Guide To The Most Beautiful Words In The English Language

So, you’re after some beautiful words; how about pretty words with dark meanings or even aesthetic words that are pleasing?

What is beautiful to one person may not be to another. However, in this article, we’re going to try and be as unbiased as we can and give you plenty of examples and definitions, so you can decide what words you find beautiful!

Pretty words examples

Aesthetic Words

Have you ever read or heard a word that just sounds perfect? It could be described as aesthetically pleasing. A few beautiful words are commonly aesthetic– you can decide if you agree!

  • Cultivated - educated, informed, or refined.
  • Demure - modest, shy, quiet.
  • Epiphany - from religious texts, a feeling of realization.
  • Ethereal - non-human, extremely fragile, spiritual.
  • Euphoria - extreme happiness, letting go of being overwhelmed.
  • Hiraeth (Welsh) - homesick, missing home, a deep desire for somewhere.
  • Idyllic - perfect, ideal, just what you wanted.
  • Ineffable - something that is so great; you can't put it into words.
  • Iridescent - the color change of surfaces depending on the angle it’s seen.
  • Nostalgia - being reminded of a moment or time in life, normally a happy memory.
  • Quiver - a shiver, tremble, movement.
  • Serendipity - a series of events happening in a way that wasn’t necessarily expected but is beneficial or happy.
  • Solitude - being alone
  • Sonder - realizing that everyone you pass has their own life of hard times like yourself.
  • Whimsical - playful, funny, moods quickly change.

Pretty Words That Have Dark, Negative or Unusual Connotations

  • Abysmal - really bad, deep, awful.
  • Atrocious - outstanding in a bad way, not pleasant, wicked.
  • Banal - very dull, bland, not original.
  • Belligerent - very aggressive, a place in the middle of a war.
  • Calamity - is a sudden event that causes great distress and disaster.
  • Cynical - selfish, self-centered, believing everyone else is untrustworthy.
  • Epidemia - is an epidemic where a sickness affects many people in a region or community.
  • Imbroglio - a confusing or embarrassing situation.
  • Imposter -  imposter syndrome, fake, pretending to be someone else.
  • Insidious - a situation that is gradual but harmful.
  • Inured - hardened to a difficult situation, trauma, becoming used to.
  • Malevolent - wanting to cause harm to others, hatred.
  • Nemesis - enemy.
  • Nyctophilia - preferring the dark and nighttime.
  • Snappy - easily irritated, short-tempered.

Beautiful Words That Describe Appearance or Feel

  • Cushioned - comfortable, has padding.
  • Effervescent - bubbly, fizzy.
  • Elegant - poised, stylish.
  • Etched - made, structured, engraved, or something you remember.
  • Gleaming - shiny.
  • Gooey - full of goo, oozing, tacky.
  • Luscious - rich, sexy, and appealing.
  • Precious - valuable, a term of endearment.
  • Rosy - pink, rose-colored, rosy cheeks, blush.
  • Scenic - an area of impressive natural beauty. 
  • Serene - calm, tranquility, is used to describe blissful situations. 
  • Silky - the exact or similar feeling to silk. Often smooth and soft.
  • Sticky - tacky or adhesive-like substance. 
  • Supple - bendy, flexible. 
  • Tranquil - calming and peaceful.

Beautiful Words That Describe Emotions or Feelings

  • Beatitude - supreme blessedness, often used in religious texts.
  • Dejavu - strange feeling of having seen or felt something before.
  • Discombobulated - overwhelmed, confused; when your emotions are mixed.
  • Ecstatic - a synonym for overly excited, delighted.
  • Ellipsism -  is the feeling of complete sorrow, knowing that you will never know how life will continue when you’re dead.
  • Ebullience - feeling of complete joy and energy.
  • Evocate - the feeling of calling up a past memory or emotion.
  • Felicity - the feeling of being happy or content, intense joy, being able to find expressions for your thoughts.
  • Halcyon - a synonym for calm, peaceful, and content.
  • Lalochezia - the calm relief you get after cursing when you really need to.
  • Limerence -  intense desire, the feeling of infatuation, romantic attraction.
  • Lyrical - to be well expressed in thoughts and opinions, typically through speech.
  • Occhiolism - to be aware of how insignificant and small you are compared to the universe.
  • Trouvaille - something that’s lucky, a fortunate find.

Unique Beautiful Words

  • Anecdote - a humorous story or tale that’s short and based on actual events.
  • Aurora - the sky's atmosphere at sunrise, dawn, reddish or greenish light.
  • Bombinate - the act of making a buzzing sound.
  • Chatoyant -  the cat’s eye, the bright light in a gemstone caused by reflections.
  • Epoch - a synonym for an era or time in someone’s life.
  • Incandescence - when referring to someone as incandescent, it means they’re impressive or very something; incandescent with anger.
  • Opia - visual disorder.
  • Petrichor - the smell of concrete after it’s rained.
  • Phosphenes - the shapes and lights when you press on your eyes.
  • Plethora - a synonym for many, lots of.
  • Pluviophile - a way to describe someone who loves rain.
  • Popple - water trickling or rippling.
  • Sequoia - a specific type of red tree typically found in California.
  • Somnambulist - someone that sleepwalks.
  • Supine - lying on your back, facing upwards.

Beautiful Synonyms

If you’ve been thinking, why can’t I find a synonym for beautiful? This one's for you.

  • Adorable
  • Alluring
  • Attractive
  • Becoming
  • Beguiling
  • Bewitching
  • Bonny (Old English)
  • Breath-taking
  • Captivating
  • Charming
  • Cute
  • Dazzling
  • Pulchritudinous (Old Latin)
  • Radiant
  • Ravishing
  • Striking

Well, wasn’t that a linguistic buffet? With this plethora of dazzling words, you’ll be constructing your own beautiful sentences in no time!