pulchritude

If someone comments on the pulchritude of your face, you shouldn’t be offended. It may sound like quite the opposite, but pulchritude actually means “beauty.”

Pulchritude is one of those words that is more often commented upon for its oddness than actually used in its intended meaning. Many people dislike the sound of this word or are surprised to find that it is a synonym of beauty. These days pulchritude is considered outdated and is usually only used in highly literary writing or, in more common writing, to achieve a witty effect.

DEFINITIONS OF: pulchritude

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n physical beauty (especially of a woman)

Types:
curvaceousness, shapeliness, voluptuousness
the quality of having a well-rounded body
Type of:
beauty
the qualities that give pleasure to the senses
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