Pulchritudinous

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Pulchritudinous could be a word you would call someone to offend them, but if your victim knew its meaning, they would turn to you to smile and say thank-you. This is because instead of being a sinister insult, as it first appears to be, it is actually a veiled compliment. Pulchritudinous is an adjective that is used to describe someone of great physical attraction or beauty.

This means anyone possessing beauty, including models or significant others, can be labelled pulchritudinous. It is firstly meant to refer to physical beauty, but can also refer to formal or literary beauty, meaning that even a book can be described as pulchritudinous if it has been written particularly beautifully or depicts beautiful scenes.

Pronunciation can be difficult, and it is easy to be overwhelmed by the multitude of syllables. However, the word can still be broken down into sounds: POLE-CRIT-TUE-DIN-ISS.

Ability to seamlessly incorporate into every-day writing: 5/10 (Challenging)

Example of use:
The girl stood admiring the artwork on the wall, and though she was facing away from him, absorbed in the art, he could tell she was quite pulchritudinous.

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