You are more than beautiful


Part of the beauty of the English language is that it has a lot of words with subtle differences.

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So what are some of the alternative words you can use lớn describe a beautiful woman?

A word about beauty

Before we các mục our choices, it’s important khổng lồ remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

In other words, everyone has different tastes. Because of that using words like “beautiful” and “perfect” to lớn describe someone doesn’t tell you much.

Even poets have sầu struggled to lớn come up with ways khổng lồ describe the woman they love, and have found some of the more cliché turns of phrase tiresome & unusable.

Shakespeare, for instance, has a famous sonnet (Sonnet 130) in which he ironically states that his lover’s eyes “are nothing lượt thích the sun,” và that her lips are not as red as coral.

He even goes so far as lớn say that instead of smelling lượt thích perfume, her breath “reeks.”

If you’re trying khổng lồ describe physical beauty, then, try for the unexpected and memorable.

Although, let’s be honest, it’s probably not a good idea to describe anyone as having breath that reeks, let alone someone you’re trying lớn impress!

Instead, try one of the words in the list below, all of which highlight different aspects of what makes someone beautiful.

Of course, those differences in taste also mean that if the words in this danh mục don’t quite work for you, or the person you’re trying khổng lồ describe, that’s perfectly normal.

With that out of the way, here are ten words that are stronger than beautiful (but aren’t perfect).


1. Stunning

Stunning is used khổng lồ describe someone who is very attractive sầu.

It has its origin in the verb “khổng lồ stun,” literally meaning “khổng lồ knoông chồng unconscious” or “to daze.”

You might think that makes this a strange way lớn compliment someone, but think of it more as “so pretty you’re dazed” & it starts khổng lồ make sense.

This word is great for someone whose beauty is in your face & unapologetic.


“The actress’s makeup brought her features into stark relief, giving her a stunning beauty that was hard khổng lồ ignore.”

2. Enthralling

The word “enthralling” comes from the word “thrall,” which is a historical word meaning servant or slave.

If someone is “enthralling,” then her beauty has metaphorically made you inkhổng lồ her servant.

It’s a great choice if the person you’re describing is so beautiful you feel you have no choice but to vì what she says, or otherwise wish khổng lồ vày her bidding.


“At the buổi tiệc nhỏ, Mary’s looks were so enthralling that I had trouble focusing on conversation, và had to work hard to stop myself from staring.”

3. Breath-taking

This one is pretty self-explanatory.

If someone is breath-taking, that means she takes your breath away.

Why does she take your breath away? Because she’s so beautiful, of course.


“Margot’s mother was taken abaông chồng by how breath-taking her daughter looked on the day of the wedding.”

4. Radiant

When someone is radiant, her beauty shines through her surroundings, making her stvà out no matter where she goes.

This word is also used for a happy kind of beauty.

For instance, some people say pregnant women or those who have sầu recently married or fallen in love sầu have a “glow” to lớn them.

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Pregnancy can actually be really hard, but that aside, it’s true that it does make some women so happy that they might be called radiant.

Similarly, if a person’s cheerful, smiling nature is part of her beauty, radiant might be a stronger word than just “beautiful.”


“Fans of the pop singer are known to lớn like her radiant features & upbeat attitude just as much as her singing.”

5. Exquisite

Unlượt thích the take-no-prisoners subtext of “stunning,” if you describe someone as exquisite it implies that she has a fragile, delicate kind of beauty.

This word has its origin in the Latin words for “sought out,” ex (out) & quaerere (seek), but its meaning in English comes khổng lồ us from Middle English, where it carried the meaning of “precise.”

The interior workings of a clochồng, for example, or an especially detailed painting, might be called “exquisite” because of the amount of detail và precision their creator has put inlớn them.

From there, it also picked up a connotation of fragility.

When the word is applied lớn people now, it means someone whose beauty is delicate và perhaps precise.


“The first lady’s exquisite beauty was brought out further by the refined subtlety of her clothes và nearly invisible makeup.”

6. Mesmerizing

Mesmerize has its origin in a synonym for hypnotize. Like that more magical word, “mesmerize” describes what happens when you grab someone’s attention & don’t let go of it, so that all they can focus on is you.

When describing someone’s physical attractiveness, it’s her beauty that does the mesmerizing, making this adjective another good way to lớn describe someone whose looks you just can’t forget about, or have sầu a hard time looking away from.


“Agbani Darego is so mesmerizing I have sầu khổng lồ stop what I’m doing every time I see a news article about her.”

7. Sublime

The word sublime has fallen out of favour since its heyday in the 1800s, but has seen a bit of a resurgence in the last few decades.

Originally used lớn refer khổng lồ something that’s exceptionally pure in spirit, by the 1800s the word meant that something expressed grandeur or a type of vast, powerful beauty.

The word now refers more generally to lớn physical or other kinds of beauty, & might just be considered to lớn mean “exceptional.”

Famous pieces of classical music, for instance, or paintings that inspire awe in the viewer, might be called “sublime.”

If a person’s beauty is sublime, it means her looks are similarly exceptional.


“The model’s beauty was so sublime that talking khổng lồ her sent shivers down my spine.”

8. Divine

Like “sublime,” this word has spiritual origins. If anything, the spiritual meaning of “divine” is even more obvious.

The word “divine” can also be used to lớn refer lớn beauty that is so outstanding it’s almost godly. It can also be used in a more general way to just mean something that is extremely good.


“As she stepped down from the dais, the sculptor could tell he had completely failed to capture his model’s divine beauty in his newest piece.”

9. Striking

This word is another that has its origin in violence và yet carries a clear implication of exceptional beauty.

Although being “struck” by something may still be used to lớn describe a physical blow, the word has a long history of use as a metaphor.

For instance, the phrase “I was struck by a thought” suggests a thought that occurred with some force.

By the same token, a person who can be described as striking, or strikingly beautiful, likely has strong facial features that stichồng in the mind.


10. Ethereal

The last word we’ll discuss in detail in this post carries almost the opposite meaning of “striking.”

If someone’s beauty is ethereal, that means it’s appears very delicate or fragile. Like “divine,” it carries a distinct sense that it’s too good lớn last long in this world.

“Ethereal” is a great way khổng lồ describe someone with very refined features whose beauty seems lượt thích it might fade away because of how unreal và near lớn perfection it is.


“Genji first saw his love through a bamboo fence, her beauty so ethereal he thought she might fade away with the morning mist.”

Bonus words và another approach khổng lồ beauty

If the words in the menu above sầu don’t work for you, try one of these on for size: enthralling, lovely, charming, adorable, compelling, unforgettable, remarkable, ethereal, relentless, memorable, amazing, elfin, arresting.

Another neat triông xã to lớn describe a woman’s beauty, in particular, is to talk about the ways she doesn’t fit stereotypical standards of beauty (which, to be honest, are often harmful to women as a whole).

Focus on what makes the specific person you’re talking about beautiful to lớn you, whether it’s her appearance or not, và you’ll st& a much better chance of explaining exactly what makes her stand out.

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