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The 100 Most Beautiful
Most Beautiful Words
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Here are the 100 most beautiful words in English. How do we know we have the most beautiful? They were chosen by Robert Beard, who has been making dictionaries, creating word lists, and writing poetry for 40 years. For five years he wrote the Word of the Day at yourDictionary.com and since 2004 he has written up 1500 words in the series, So, What's the Good Word? here at alphaDictionary. Below is a select list of his favorite words that he used in his poetry—or wishes he had.
100 Most Beautiful Words
Dr. Beard's book is a collection of the loveliest words in the English language, carefully researched and written up in small one-page essays designed to help increase the beauty of our conversations and our understanding of how and why we speak the ways we do. The book is the handbook for lovers for it contains an essay on what makes words beautiful so that the reader may go beyond the book in beautifying his or her speech. It also explains how English is interrelated with other languages in the world and why so many of our most beautiful words are borrowed from them. The book is printed in large easy-to-read type, great for travel since you may start and stop on any page.

The words in this book will decorate your articles, essays, blogs, term papers, memos, love letters-even conversations with those we love. The table of contents below will tell you what the book contains; just remember that the definitions below are not those found in the book and each essay in the book just begins with the definition. Click any of the first four for a free sample of the book.
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The 100 Most Beautiful Words in English
Inure
Labyrinthine
Lagniappe
Lagoon
Brood
Languor
Bucolic
Lassitude
Bungalow
Leisure
Chatoyant
Lilt
Comely
Lissome
Conflate
Lithe
Cynosure
Love
Dalliance
Mellifluous
Demesne
Moiety
Demure
Mondegreen
Denouement
Murmurous
Desuetude
Nemesis
Desultory
Offing
Diaphanous
Onomatopoeia
Dissemble
Opulent
Dulcet
Palimpsest
Ebullience
Panacea
Effervescent
Panoply
Efflorescence
Pastiche
Elision
Penumbra
Elixir
Petrichor
Eloquence
Plethora
Embrocation
Propinquity
Emollient
Pyrrhic
Ephemeral
Quintessential
Epiphany
Ratatouille
Erstwhile
Ravel
Ethereal
Redolent
Evanescent
Riparian
Evocative
Ripple
Fetching
Scintilla
Felicity
Sempiternal
Forbearance
Seraglio
Fugacious
Serendipity
Furtive
Summery
Gambol
Sumptuous
Glamour
Surreptitious
Gossamer
Susquehanna
Halcyon
Sussurous
Harbinger
Talisman
Imbrication
Tintinnabulation
Imbroglio
Umbrella
Imbue
Untoward
Incipient
Vestigial
Ineffable
Wafture
Ingénue
Wherewithal
Inglenook
Woebegone
Insouciance
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