pulchritudinous love



from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characterized by or having great physical beauty and appeal.

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  • adj. Having great physical beauty.

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  • adj. used of persons only; having great physical beauty


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


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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'

  • 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

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

    Matthew Yglesias » Nomination Follies

  • 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

  • (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

  • And then there was the notable exception of Picasso who, sui generis, seemed more a disembodied spirit of creative freedom and not just the matador shagging the pulchritudinous Dora and playing the picador to the imperious bullshit artist Sartre.

    James Scarborough: "Leiris/Picasso," The Bootleg Theater

  • I just watched her new "Alejandro" video, in which Gaga, clad in nude underwear and black thigh-highs, simulates intercourse as a dancing team of built, hairless, pulchritudinous and semi-nude young men circumnavigates the bed.

    Michele Somerville: Holy Gaga! A Catholic Defense of 'Alejandro'


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  • In addition, pulchritudinous means "that endows pulchritude; beautifying" (Oxford English Dictionary).

    September 3, 2011

  • its funny that this word means that ur physically beautiful...... it sounds like something disgusting!!!!!!!!

    October 29, 2010

  • I love this word.... physically beautiful; comely. Per dictionary.com/

    August 27, 2009

  • "If you've ever wanted to know just how much better your life would be if you were pulchritudinous, rich, and a creative genius - it's your lucky day."

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    May 17, 2009

  • the word that sounds the least like its meaning. one could be forgiven for taking 'you're so pulchritudinous' as an insult

    April 13, 2009

  • Correct me if I'm at fault, but to me "pulchritudinous" sounds quite superficial in comparison to "beautiful"...

    September 22, 2008

  • We have to have something to rhyme with multitudinous.

    June 12, 2008

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

    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

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

    June 10, 2008

  • What an atrocious retronym!

    Beauty -> Beautiful -> Beautifulness

    Beautifulness = Pulchritude

    So Pulchritudinous = having the attribute of beautifulness

    June 10, 2008

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

    March 14, 2008

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

    March 13, 2008

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

    November 12, 2007

  • 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