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100 Beautiful Words

Whether you're looking to expand your vocabulary or you're a logophile (a person who loves words), this is the list for you.

I've collected 100 words that I either love the sound they make rolling off my tongue or their meaning is too beautiful to resist.

Regardless of your motive, add them to your repertoire and make life more beautiful.

The List of 100 Beautiful Words

  1. Absquatulate (v.): to leave without saying goodbye.

  2. Aesthete (n.): someone who loves and appreciates works of art and beautiful things.

  3. Apricity (n.): the warmth of the sun in winter.

  4. Atrabilious (adj.): gloomy; morose; melancholy.

  5. Axiom (n.): a statement or proposition which is regarded as being true.

  6. Balter (v.): to dance without skill but with enjoyment.

  7. Boketto (n.): gazing into the distance without a thought in your head.

  8. Cerulean (adj.): a blue color like a clear sky.

  9. Charmolypi (n.): joy that emerges out of sadness.

  10. Cherish (v.): to protect and care for someone lovingly.

11. Clandestine (adj.): a secret, often illegal activity.

12. Clinomania (n.): an intense desire to stay in bed.

13. Clowder (n.): a cluster of cats.

14. Dulcet (adj.): sweet and soothing.

15. Elysian (adj.): sharing characteristics of Heaven.

16. Ephemeral (adj.): short lived.

17. Epiphany (n.): a moment when you suddenly feel that you understand something that is

very important to you.

18. Epistolary (adj.): in the form of letters (work of literature).

19. Eternity (n.): time without end.

20. Ethereal (adj.): airy and insubstantial.

21. Eudaimonia (n.): happiness; a good life.

22. Demure (adj.): polite and a little shy.

23. Felicity (n.): the state of being happy or something that causes happiness.

24. Fernweh (n.): a longing for distant places or travel.

25. Fika (n.): a moment to slow down and appreciate life.

26. Finifugal (adj.): actively hating or prolonging something's end (typically a story).

27. Gossamer (n.): a fine, airy, filmy thread.

28. Gumusservi (n.): moonlight shining on water.

29. Hullabaloo (n.): a commotion; a fuss; a loud argument.

30. Idyllic (adj.): extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque.

31. Imbue (v.): inspire or permeate with a feeling.

32. Incandescent (adj.): emitting light; full of emotion or passion.

33. Incendiary (adj.): extremely hot; likes to start quarrels.

34. Indubitably (adv.): in a manner that could not be doubted.

35. Ineffable (adj.): too great to be described in words.

36. Inglenook (n.): a nook by a fireplace.

37. Ingenue (n.): an innocent or unsophisticated young woman, especially in a play or film.

38. Insipid (adj.): lacking flavor.

39. Inure (v.): to accept or grow accustomed to something undesirable; the process of

becoming hardened.

40. Isolophilia (n.): strong affection for solitude or being alone.

41. Kalon (n.): beauty that is more than skin deep; ideal beauty.

42. Komorebi (n.): sunlight filtering through the leaves of trees.

43. Labyrinth (n.): a complex set of passageways; a maze.

44. Laconic (adj.): expressing much in a few words.

45. Limerence (n.): a state of being infatuated with another person.

46. Loquacious (adj.): excessively talkative.

47. Love (n.): intense affection; a beautiful expression of emotions.

48. Malfeasance (n.): wrongdoing.

49. Marmoris (n.): the shining surface of the ocean.

50. Mellifluous (adj.): sweet or pleasant to hear.

51. Meraki (v.): to do something with soul, creativity, or love; to put yourself in your work.

52. Metanoia (n.): a change in one's way of life resulting from a spiritual conversion.

53. Moira (n.): a person's fate or destiny.

54. Mollify (v.): to soften in feeling or temper.

55. Nadir (n.): lowest point of a situation.

56. Nefarious (adj.): wicked or criminal.

57. Oblivion (n.): a state of unawareness of what's going on around you.

58. Onism (n.): the awareness of how little of the world you'll experience; the frustrated state

that comes from thinking about unfulfilled experiences.

59. Opalescence (n.): a shimmering, rainbow-like display of colors; phenomenon of


60. Panacea (n.): a remedy that could fix any problem.

61. Paracosm (n.): a detailed imaginary world created by a child.

62. Peregrinate (v.): to travel or wander around from place to place.

63. Petrichor (n.): how the earth smells after the rain.

64. Philocalist (n.): a lover of beauty; someone who finds beauty in all things.

65. Pluviophile (n.): a person who enjoys rain and rainy days.

66. Pristine (adj.): fresh or clean.

67. Probity (n.): integrity; honesty.

68. Psithurism (n.): the sound of wind in the trees.

69. Pulchritudinous (adj.): beautiful.

70. Quiescent (adj.): resting in a tranquil manner.

71. Quintessence (n.): the most perfect example.

72. Raconteur (n.): a talented storyteller.

73. Redamancy (n.): a love returned in full.

74. Renaissance (n.): transitional period between the 14th and 17th centuries; a personal

revival; time of great artistic and intellectual growth.

75. Resplendent (adj.): shining brightly.

76. Retrouvaille (n.): the joy of being reunited after a long time apart.

77. Reverie (n.): a state of being pleasantly lost in one's thoughts; a daydream.

78. Saudade (n.): a longing to be near someone far away.

79. Sanguine (adj.): optimistic and positive.

80. Scintilla (n.): a trace or spark of something.

81. Seatherny (n.): the serenity one feels when listening to the chirping of birds.

82. Selcouth (adj.): rare but marvelous; peculiar.

83. Serendipity (n.): an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident or good


84. Shoshin (n.): the practice of seeing life with wonder.

85. Skosh (n.): a small amount.

86. Snuggery (n.): a cozy room.

87. Sonder (n.): the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and

complex as your own.

88. Squib (n.): a short and witty or sarcastic saying or writing.

89. Susurrus (n.): the indistinct sound of people whispering.

90. Supine (adj.): lying face upward.

91. Tacenda (pl. n.): things that are better left unsaid.

92. Tranquility (n.): the state of being calm or at peace.

93. Tryst (n.): a discreet meeting between lovers.

94. Turpitude (n.): vile, shameful character.

95. Twaddle (n.): trivial or foolish speech.

96. Vellichor (n.): the strange wistfulness of used bookstores.

97. Vicarious (adj.): experienced in the imagination through the feelings or actions of

another person.

98. Whimsical (adj.): playfully quaint.

99. Xertz (v.): eating food or drinking something greedily.

100. Zephyr (n.): a soft, gentle breeze

I see you made it to the end of the list! Being the word connoisseur that you are, you may enjoy perusing some bookish holidays to celebrate. Check out my series of Bookish Holiday blogs beginning with January!

Thanks for visiting my Book Nook!

Stacey Faubion


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