An Alphabetized List of 1,027 of the Prettiest Words

 An Alphabetized List of 1,027 of the Prettiest Wordsby Sesquipedaedalus

 
Prettiest Words, Alphabetized (1,027)
 
Abattoir: a slaughterhouse; massacre
Absinthe: wormwood liquor of a bright-green color
Acciaccatura: grace note, an embellishing note usually written in smaller size
Acedia: ennui; state of torpor or listlessness; spiritual apathy
Acervuline: aggregated, heaped up, bundled, collected or localized
Acidulous: somewhat acidic or sour in taste or manner; somewhat sarcastic
Acolyte: ranked clergy member; assistant in liturgical rites
Acoustic: of or relating to sound, the sense of hearing, or the science of sound
Acquiesce: to passively accept; to accept, comply, or submit passively
Adroit: quick or skillful; adept in action or thought
Adumbrate: to explain faintly or opaquely outline; describe
Aeipathy: continued passion; unyielding disease
Aeneous: brassy; a type of golden-green
Aeolian: pertaining to, of, related to, caused by or like the wind or Aeolus
Aeonian: continuing forever; eternal
Aerial: of, in, or caused by the air; existing or living in the air
Aesthete: person who appreciates art or beauty
Aestival: pertaining to, relating, designating, or of summer
Aeviternal: eternal, endless, never-ending
Afflatus: strong creative impulse, especially as a result of divine inspiration; inspiration
Aileron: small moveable platforms on the back of plane wings that alter air movements
Ailurophile: cat-lover, one who loves or appreciates cats
Alabaster: dense translucent, white or tinted, fine-grained gypsum
Alienate: to estrange; to cause to become unfriendly or hostile
Aliment: something that nourishes; food; to supply with sustenance or food
Allegretto: music term, moderately fast tempo
Alleviate: to allay; to lessen in pain or negative occurrence or consequence
Alloquy: speaking to another; an address
Allure: attraction; temptation; to attract with something desirable
Alluvium: unconsolidated sediments carried by water
Amaranth: deep-hued purple; a type of purple flower; used as a metaphor for immortality
Amber: light brown; light yellow
Ambience: atmosphere; a particular environment or surrounding influence; aura
Ambivalence: simultaneous, conflicted feelings towards a thing, person, etc.
Ambrosia: the food of the gods; something overpoweringly delicious or fragrant
Ameliorate: to make better; improve, enhance
Amelus: individual exhibiting Amelia (the congenital absence of one or more limbs)
Amethyst: deep purple; deep-purple gemstone
Amnesia: partial or total loss of memory
Amphisbaena: Greek mythological being, a two-headed snake with a head on each end
Amphora: ceramic, two-handled vase with a narrow neck, usually containing alcohol
Amulet: a charm against evil or impurity, often a piece of jewelry
Analemma: sundial, figure-8 indicating sun’s position
Ancestry: the inception or origin of a phenomenon, object, idea, or style; lineage
Andante: music, moderately slow
Anemone: a flowery marine creature
Antebellum: before or existing before a war, especially the American civil war
Anxiolytic: preventing or reducing anxiety; antianxiety medication; tranquilizer
Aperitif: alcoholic drink taken as an appetizer before a meal
Aphelion: point indicated when the orbit of the earth is furthest from the sun
Aphesis: omission of sound or verbiage at the beginning of a word or phrase
Aphotic: devoid of light, especially of areas where no light naturally occurs
Apocope: omission of sound or verbiage at the end of a word or phrase
Apophenia: the perception of or belief in connectedness among unrelated phenomena
Apoplexy: stroke; impairment or neuralgia from cerebral hemorrhage
Aposiopesis: abrupt stop of a thought in a sentence, as if the speaker could not continue
Apostasy: abandonment of one’s religious faith, political party, one’s principles, or a cause
Apostolicity: being of or contemporary with the Apostles in character
Apotheosis: deification; quintessence; exaltation to divine rank or stature
Apropos: appropriate of; appropriate
Aquarelle: painting done in transparent watercolors; watercolor; watercolor painting
Aqueous: of, relating to, or resembling water; made from, with, or by water
Aquiline: resembling an eagle’s beak; hooked like a beak
Arabesque: a ballet twirl; type of artistry involving a continuous, rotating design
Aria: air or song; a melody, solo in an opera accompanied by instrumentation
Artemisia: type of plant, genus of aromatic shrubs or herbs
Ascertain: to understand specific facts; to ferret out information
Ashlar: a squared block of building stone and dressed for outward placement
Asphodel: a type of flower, often associated with the Underworld
Astral: of or pertaining to the aster; stellar; star-shaped; pertaining to the stars
Asylum: refuge; a place to restore sanity or facilitate recovery
Atelier: an artist’s studio; a place designated to create or perform art
Athanasy: quality of being deathless; immortality
Athenaeum: institution for the promotion of literary or scientific learning; phrontistery
Aubade: poem or song about or evocative dawn or morning, the opposite of nocturne
Auburn: moderate reddish-brown
Aura: distinctive and pervasive quality or character; air; atmosphere; emanation
Austere: severe or stern in disposition, discipline, or appearance; somber and grave
Autumnal: pertaining to, like, relating, or evocative of autumn
Auxiliary: additional, supplementary; reserve; acting as a subsidiary
Avarice: extreme greed for wealth or material gain
Avenue: wide street or thoroughfare; roadway lined with tress
Azalea: type of plant, a common garden plant
Azoth: mythologized universal solvent; panacea
Azuline: light blue; similar to a light blue
Azure: sky-blue or a light blue
Baccalaureate: bachelor’s degree; valedictory speech
Balustrade: architectural term, series of balusters or parapet
Banderilla: a decorated dart that is shot into the neck of the bull during a bull fight
Bardiglio: finely-grained, multi-gray Italian marble
Basilica: large, public building the Romans used, usually as a courtroom or meeting hall
Bastille: imprisonment, jail, prison
Bayonet: blade adapted to fit the muzzle-end of a rifle and as a weapon in close combat
Belladonna: a type of plant, highly poisonous; “pretty woman”
Belle-lettres: “beautiful letters” aesthetic literature, as opposed to didactic
Bellicose: inclined or eager to fight; aggressively hostile; belligerent; pugnacious
Bellwether: leader or indicator of future trends, trendsetter
Belvedere: roofed structure, on top of another building, which commands a large view
Berceuse: lullaby; song used to put someone to sleep
Bethesda: a hallowed, sanctified, or holy place; a chapel; holy ground
Bezaleel: the shadow of God, God’s shadow
Bibelot: trinket, bauble; small object which is rare or valuable or beautiful; a small book
Bibliophile: someone who loves (and usually collects) books; book collector
Bijouterie: pl. trinkets or jewelry, gallery thereof, display thereof
Bivouac: temporary military or squad encampment
Blaze: bright flame of fire; bright steady light or glare; hot gleam
Blellum: an idle, indiscreet talker; noisy fainéant
Bliss: joy, rapture, elation, felicity
Blithe: carefree, nonchalant; heedless; lacking concern; joyous
Blossom: billowing; period or condition of flowering or growth
Bloviate: to make pompous or arrogant discourse
Boeotian: marked by stupidity and philistinism; crudely obtuse; loutish
Borasca: a squall, usually accompanied by thunder and lightning
Bordereau: a detailed note or memorandum of account
Boulevard: broad street, avenue; broad spectrum of something
Bouleversement: reversal of fortunes; overturning; tumult
Bourgeoisie: the middle class; the middle class in Communist theory
Braggadocio: arrogant person; braggart; arrogant or boastful behavior
Brecciate: to form rock into breccia (rocks made of sharp fragments set in a grainy matrix)
Breeze: gentle push of the wind
Breviloquence: speech characterized by brevity; shortness, briefness
Brevity: briefness; swiftness; evanescence
Bricolage: something made or put together using any materials that happen are available
Brio: joie de vivre; vivacity; alacrity; gusto; esprit
Burnish: to polish; the shine of a polished surface
Caballero: skilled horseman; gentleman; cavalier
Cabaret: a restaurant with live entertainment
Cadence: rhythmic flow of the sounds of language; lilt
Cadenza: musical or literary improvisation
Caesious: a type of bluish gray
Caesura: a pause in a line of verse, usually in poetry
Calico: coarse, brightly printed cloth; a type of pattern
Caliginous: misty; dim; obscure; dark; gloomy; tenebrous
Calliope: musical instrument fitted with steam whistles, played from a keyboard
Callipygian: having a beautiful, admirable, or sexy butt
Callow: immature; green, lacking experience; naïve
Calypso: a type of rare orchid; a tribal and fervid dance
Cancrizans: backwards movement; crab walking; music moving backwards
Candelabra: pl. branched candlestick with several candles
Canticle: a song, poem, or hymn, usually of a church choir
Capriccio: music, improvisation, without adherence to rules
Capriccioso: music, lively and free of restraint, restriction, or direction
Capricious: impulsive; whimsical; unpredictable
Caress: touch or stroke lightly in a loving or endearing manner
Cartesian: of or relating to the philosophy of Descartes
Cascarilla: West Indian shrub with aromatic bark, typically used in incense or tonics
Catena: closely linked series; connected series of related things, especially of writing
Cathismata: pl. one of the 20 divisions in a Greek Psalter
Cavil: to object or criticize adversely for trivial reasons; flimsy objection or qualm
Cedilla: a diacritic beneath a letter designed to alter pronunciation “façade”
Celadon: a type of pale green
Celeripedean: quick-footed; swift; fast-running
Celerity: speed; alacrity; briskness
Celesta: ancient musical instrument
Celestial: heavenly; of a higher plane; empyreal; pertaining to or of space
Cello: large, stringed instrument that generates deep tones
Cellophane: thin, flexible, transparent cellulose material used as moisture-proof wrapping
Cellular: pertaining to cells or their structure; containing cells
Cellulite: fatty deposit causing a dimpled appearance, as around the thighs or buttocks
Celluloid: transparent, colorless, synthetic plastic used to manufacture photographic film
Cenotaph: an unmarked grave
Centennial: of or relating to a period of 100 years; occurring once every 100 years
Cerulean: a type of watery blue
Cerumen: yellow, wax-like secretion from the external ears; “earwax”
Cessation: pause; interruption; ceasing; ending
Chalice: cup for consecrated wine; goblet
Chamois: goatlike antelope; type of cloth for cleaning

Champagne: a type of bubbling alcohol with fruity taste

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