beauty


beauty
/byooh"tee/, n., pl. beauties.
1. the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations (as shape, color, sound, etc.), a meaningful design or pattern, or something else (as a personality in which high spiritual qualities are manifest).
2. a beautiful person, esp. a woman.
3. a beautiful thing, as a work of art or a building.
4. Often, beauties. something that is beautiful in nature or in some natural or artificial environment.
5. an individually pleasing or beautiful quality; grace; charm: a vivid blue area that is the one real beauty of the painting.
6. Informal. a particular advantage: One of the beauties of this medicine is the freedom from aftereffects.
7. (usually used ironically) something extraordinary: My sunburn was a real beauty.
8. something excellent of its kind: My old car was a beauty.
[1225-75; ME be(a)ute < OF beaute; r. ME bealte < OF beltet < VL *bellitat- (s. of *bellitas), equiv. to L bell(us) fine + -itat- -ITY]
Syn. 1. loveliness, pulchritude, comeliness, fairness, attractiveness. 2. belle.
Ant. 1. ugliness.

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