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pulchritudinous

Definitions

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  • adjective literary Having great physical beauty.

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  • adjective used of persons only; having great physical beauty

Etymologies

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Latin pulchritūdō ("pulchritude") +‎ -ous, from pulcher ("beautiful") + -tūdō.

Examples

  • I try to make sure my children know the meanings of several words when my youngest was about 2 or 3 she went through a stage using the word pulchritudinous she used it correctly but I had to look it up to find out exactly what it meant I think it is definitely up to us to teach our children the proper use of words.

    Literacy; why is it that we want to stay with modern meaning rather than return to the True meaning of a word? « Children Literacy « Literacy Help « Literacy News

  • The Duchess of Cambridge looks like a fairy-tale princess because she is slim and pulchritudinous, but ostensibly it's the long, blow-dried locks that ice the cake; ditto her potential lady in waiting, sister Pippa.

    The Taming of 'The Do'

  • (We also distinctly remembered Reality Bites as set in Seattle and prominently featuring the pulchritudinous Badmotorfinger - era Chris Cornell, until we realized we were confusing it with Singles, which makes us feel as though dementia may be setting in early, but that is neither here nor there).

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  • (We also distinctly remembered Reality Bites as set in Seattle and prominently featuring the pulchritudinous Badmotorfinger - era Chris Cornell, until we realized we were confusing it with Singles, which makes us feel as though dementia may be setting in early, but that is neither here nor there).

    We Pontificate, As Is Our Wont, on the Perils of Sentimentality

  • That being said, I thought it was done in a beautifully horrific manner, with some shots that are hauntingly pulchritudinous.

    Top 10 Best Modern Horror Remakes » Scene-Stealers

  • In its fascination with girl-on-girl action, from longing glances and kissing to a climactic catfight that's less lurid than ludicrous, "Roommate" plays like the ultimate indulgence of leering Hollywood executives, eager to ogle pulchritudinous college girls and call it work.

    'Roommate' movie review: Don't move in with Leighton Meester

  • Visual references are stitched through the language - old women were called 'gauna,' literally 'hot milk-skin'; you spoke not of being good but of appearing good; the most precious possession in the city were the well-born, pulchritudinous young men, the kalos k'athagos - the 'noble in mind and appearance.'

    "The Hemlock Cup," a history of Socrates

  • So in summary, according to Mitt Romney: presidents can't create jobs, so vote for Mitt Romney for president to create jobs.6.41pm: Breaking news – sort of – an ABC News affiliate has got hold of the video lampooning Mitt Romney made by the pulchritudinous daughters of Jon Huntsman, one which was blocked by the Huntsman campaign.

    South Carolina primary: Mitt Romney's rivals ask taxing questions

  • Visual references are stitched through the language - old women were called 'gauna,' literally 'hot milk-skin'; you spoke not of being good but of appearing good; the most precious possession in the city were the well-born, pulchritudinous young men, the kalos k'athagos - the 'noble in mind and appearance.'

    "The Hemlock Cup," a history of Socrates

  • What would be wrong in having pulchritudinous young lovelies – cheerleaders doing splits and routines for all the waiting prospectives?

    Matthew Yglesias » Nomination Follies

Comments

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  • Interesting. I didn't know the word is supposed to be confined to people only as Burger King or some other chain used it to describe their hamburgers in a commercial.

    November 12, 2007

  • I said this just today, when a bunch of college students jogged by us wearing next to nothing. :)

    November 12, 2007

  • I can't stand this word - it sounds grotesque; it makes me think of pustules and puke! And those lurching trochees!

    March 13, 2008

  • Yarb, don't hold back--tell us how you really feel.

    March 14, 2008

  • What an atrocious retronym!

    Beauty -> Beautiful -> Beautifulness

    Beautifulness = Pulchritude

    So Pulchritudinous = having the attribute of beautifulness

    June 10, 2008

  • I love this word. I will love it no matter how many other people hate it. *shouts defiance to the skies* Pulchritudinous!!

    June 10, 2008

  • I'm with c_b on this. I'm not an avid fan of this word, but it certainly has as much right to exist as any other adjective, and more than some, Shevek's somewhat specious-looking little diagram notwithstanding.

    June 11, 2008

  • I couldn't deny any word the right to exist, assuming words have rights, but this is still a sickly, cloying titan arum of an adjective.

    I've got no problem with its retronymity or otherwise, however. It's not a badly-constructed word; Shevek's diagram should read as follows:

    Beauty -> Beautiful

    Beauty = Pulchritude

    So Pulchritudinous = having the attribute of beauty

    'Beautifulness' is a red herring.

    June 11, 2008

  • I'm with c_b, but I don't think that hard about the word. I just like the way it sounds. :-)

    June 11, 2008

  • Titan arum, yarb? Wow! That's just tits!

    June 11, 2008