Expressions using Themes (e.g. Collocations, IELTS, Business English)

Exam Vocabulary and Synonyms for Beautiful

On this page, you will find lists of words to help you expand your vocabulary related to the word ‘beautiful’. There are nouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs, so you will learn how to put stronger sentences together with more sophisticated language. Practicing forming sentences in this way is particularly good if you are preparing for exams, such as IELTS, GRE, SAT, LSAT, Civil Services, and Banking.

Example Sentence Showing Synonyms and Different Word Forms:

She gave me an alluring (adjective) look, and I thought she was resplendent (adjective) in her wedding dress. The weather was absolutely (adverb) glorious (adjective) and the entire day just seemed heavenly (adjective).

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HOW TO USE OUR SYNONYM TABLES:

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

In this column, you will find words that you will come across in everyday English, and which are even suitable for exams like IELTS or TOEFL.

*An asterisk means that this word is less popular in everyday English than the other words in the list. These words may also be asked in some simpler exams.

In this column, you will find words that are likely to be asked in more Advanced Exams, such as GRE, MBA, SAT/LSAT, Civil Service, Banks, etc.

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Some Nouns to Identify Something As Beautiful

(e.g. she was such a beauty; the view from the window was a marvel; the dance was a showstopper)

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

Everyone considered the girl a real beauty.

The sunset was a marvel to behold.

The medley of hit songs at the concert was a complete showstopper.

The city had long been known as the gem of the Far East.

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Some Adjectives for Saying Someone or Something is Beautiful

(e.g. a pretty girl; an idyllic setting; a magnificent sunset)

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

Everyone said she was a very pretty girl.

The wedding venue was resplendent in Summer colours and bright decorations.

There was a lovely scenic view from the window.

Standing on the balcony, I gazed out across the pulchritudinous* vista. It took my breath away.

*A literary/ironic (humorous) usage. Archaic.

The setting for the cottage was idyllic and peaceful.

The article referred to the underwear model - with her long legs and perfect form - as statuesque.

It was such a lovely day that we decided to go for a walk.

There was a tantalizing aroma coming from the patisserie. My mouth was watering as I anticipated eating the fresh croissants.

She wore a gorgeous dress to the party.

It was quite a prepossessing sight to see him in that suit. He looked quite dashing.

Her gown was exquisite, and everyone was talking about it.

The ladies had always found him very attractive.

It was a splendid result, and everyone was delighted with the outcome.

The offer was very appealing. He was very tempted.

He was a very handsome man, with striking* features.

*This can mean ‘noticeable’ or something that draws attention.

It was a charming little village in the hills.

The show featured a magnificent display of acrobats in colourful costumes.

The house was picturesque, nestled amongst the trees.

He looked at her with an alluring gaze, and she couldn’t help but smile at him.

She fixed him with a bewitching gaze.

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He was bewitched by the gaze she fixed him with.*

*It is grammatically incorrect to end a sentence with a preposition (e.g. ‘with’), but it is common in everyday conversation.

She had an arresting smile that caught everyone’s attention.

The diamonds sewn into her dress were absolutely dazzling in the daylight.

The painting was very pleasing to the eye. Everyone liked it.

The woman looked absolutely fabulous in her new outfit.

He had a marvellous outlook on life. He was always so optimistic.

The critics described the model as ravishing in her new swimwear.

When the sun came out, the town was illuminated with a heavenly glow.

She looked positively radiant as she descended the staircase.

She had an entrancing smile that caught everyone’s attention.

The child’s angelic voice rang out through the church.

Oh, my God, you look stunning in that outfit!

Look at that bonny* lass with the long blond hair.

*Scottish Slang

The grounds of the palace were absolutely enchanting. I didn’t want to leave.

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I was enchanted by the grounds of the palace.

The performance was enthralling. I couldn’t take my eyes off the actors.

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I was enthralled by the performance.

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Some Adverbs to Describe How Beautiful Someone or Something Is

(e.g. he was marvellously handsome; she was bewitchingly beautiful; the ring was strikingly opulent)

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

The statues were marvellously sculpted, with amazing detail.

The room had been decorated resplendently, and the couple were delighted with how it looked.

She was strikingly beautiful.

The young man was considered stunningly handsome amongst his peers.

The diamond was exquisitely cut.

Her smile was radiantly bright.

The scenery was absolutely beautiful and really took my breath away.

She was breathtakingly attractive.

The ballroom was splendidly decorated for the Spring Dance.

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