beautiful words



[uhn-kon-shuh-nuh-buh l] 

1. not guided by conscience; unscrupulous.

2. not in accordance with what is just or reasonable:
   unconscionable behavior.

3. excessive; extortionate:
   an unconscionable profit.

mid 16th century: from un-1 ‘not’ + obsolete conscionable, from conscience (interpreted as a plural) + -able.

“I’ve lived most of my life already and I suppose I can argue myself into believing that I have no great cause to love humanity . However, only a few people have hurt me, and if I hurt everyone in return that is unconscionable usury.”
Isaac Asimov

—  (adjective) In the list of one of the most 100 beautiful words in the English language, ineffable’s beauty lies in its flowing sound and meaning. Ineffable describes the sentiment of being unable to express something in words because it is too extreme to communicate; words cannot possibly do justice at this particular moment. 

11 Enthralling Words

billet-doux: a love letter

petrichor: the smell after it rains

mellifluous: a sweet sound

scintilla: a spark or very small thing

chatoyant: like a cat’s eye

evocative: suggestive

syzygy: an alignment of celestial bodies

ephemeral: lasting for a very short time

vellichor: the strange wistfulness of used bookstores

lissome: slender and graceful

panoply: complete set

The 12 Signs as Beautiful, Uncommon Words & Meanings
  • Aries:zenosyne (n) — the sense that time keeps moving faster
  • Taurus:euphonious (adj) — pleasing; sweet in sound
  • Gemini:unbosom (v) — to pour out, to tell freely
  • Cancer:kalokagathia (n) — the good in a person
  • Leo:resplendence (adj) — dazzling in appearance
  • Virgo:ambedo (n) — a trance in which details absorb you
  • Libra:sphallolalia (n) — flirting that leads nowhere
  • Scorpio:telestic (adj) — pertaining to the mysteries
  • Sagittarius:eumoirous (adj) — happiness due to being honest
  • Capricorn:nebulous (adj) — not clear; difficult to see
  • Aquarius:ephemeral (adj) — lasting a very short time
  • Pisces:nefelibata (n) — one who lives in their imagination
susurrus [soo-sur-uhs]
—  (noun) As one of the most beautiful words in the English language, susurrus is defined as a soft, murmuring sound. It resembles the rustling symphony of the fallen leaves moving across the pavement or the whispers created by the branches of the trees on a windy, autumn day. Uttering susurrus also simulates the acoustics of nature’s effect; this is one of those rare words where its aesthetic, sound and feel coincide beautifully.
This is how we find each other.
Open hands and growing hearts.
The sunset looks like
cotton candy and it is the first color
I’ve seen in years.
When the bad things come at night, we start sleeping with the lights on.
When the bad things come during the day, we start closing the curtains.
This is how we find each other.
Creaking wood floors and open windows.
My hands have stopped shaking
and there is milk in my coffee.
We drink wine out of paper cups
and there are marks on the furniture.
The stubble on your face is a quiet reminder of how much growing we have left to do.
This is how we find each other.
Accidentally, like $20 in a pair of jeans you forgot you owned.
Purposefully, like archaeologists running their fingers over ancient ruins.
There is dirt under our nails and sun trapped beneath our skin.
This is how we find each other.
—  This is how we find each other - Fortesa Latifi

32 of the most beautiful words in the human language.

I just put them into alphabetic order

The universe is not a thing that is—it is not a *thing* at all. It is the very action of its going. It is, in fact, its own dissolve, and our lives – the entire span of human existence going back and back and, if we are lucky, forward and forward – the entire span is spent within this dissolve.

So look at the fleeting stars with fleeting eyes, and feel how the earth beneath you gives. It is all a temporary manifestation of particles, and it is all unraveling back to particulate silence. The bustle of the human day will come and will go. And then, there will be night.

But how beautiful these moments within the dissolve! What a temporary perfection we can find within this passing world! Everything good ever done! Everything good that was done today, and all the good people doing it, and back and back and forward and forward, all of that beauty within a universe unraveling.

Be proud of your place in the cosmos. It is small, and yet it *is*.

—  Cecil Palmer, Welcome to Night Vale, Episode 49: Old Oak Doors

written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

voiced by Cecil Baldwin
—  (adjective) It is nearly impossible for the word, ethereal to escape one’s mouth without meeting beauty in the same description. Our love for ethereal is conceived from its metaphysical urge. Its intangibility of all things refined, delicate, otherworldly, light, and airy add to its celestial allure. To call someone or something ethereal is one of the highest compliments in the philosophy of beauty. Ethereal’s beauty is revealed by its harmony of pronunciation, aesthetic and exquisite connotation.