Definitions

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  • n. beauty, attractiveness

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being comely.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being Comely.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being good looking and attractive

Etymologies

comely +‎ -ness (“the quality of being”) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • So, were not the beard even as the tresses in comeliness, it had not been coupled with them, O silly!

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • There was not much of "comeliness" in the "marred face" of an unresenting Christ, but how fascinating the autocratic, prophet-painted, empire-inscribed pose of Redemption's Champion, clad in ermine of final decree, alternately welcoming his ancient "Elect," and with awful leftward gesture upon countless millions pronouncing the changeless judgment of "Depart."

    Oswald Langdon or, Pierre and Paul Lanier. A Romance of 1894-1898

  • Florian could trace home to this point a pervading preference in himself for a kind of comeliness and dignity, an urbanity literally, in modes of life, which he connected with the pale [177] people of towns, and which made him susceptible to a kind of exquisite satisfaction in the trimness and well-considered grace of certain things and persons he afterwards met with, here and there, in his way through the world.

    Miscellaneous Studies; a series of essays

  • First, boys go off by themselves to their own destruction; secondly, home influences withdrawn; and, thirdly, -- at Harvard, which the only college I ever visited, -- the thorough comeliness which is found in the lower grades of schools does not appeal.

    Gala-days

  • There is a kind of comeliness and sweet harmony and proportion between such works, as the love of God and man, the use of all for his glory, of whom all things are, and man’s reasonable being.

    The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

  • Even without the grandstanding final essay, Pater's book is an incitement to a life of cultivated sensuousness, as well as a celebration of the "comeliness" of the human form.

    Decadent Writing Of the 19th Century

  • Time was when a Jewish woman's comeliness was determined holistically and was based on five key components: her body, her mind, her heart, her piety, and her personality.

    Rabbi Shmuley Boteach: Anorexia and The New Values of Courtship

  • Was her comeliness to be turned into corruption, and her fine gold to become dim, without reason assigned?

    Lady Day in August

  • "These great excrescences of the earth," it declared, "to outward appearance have neither use nor comeliness."

    Richard Bangs: Here Be Dragons: Mt. Pilatus in Switzerland, Part 2

  • For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

    FROM THE CROSS TO PENTECOST

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