Over time, our society has destroyed the concept of beauty. The effects of photoshop has made us believe that to be beautiful, you have to have a perfectly skinny waistline, flawless skin, and other qualities that can only be physically achieved by a Barbie doll. But beauty is so much more than being physically appealing. I decided to go to the online Thesaurus and Dictionary and check out the synonyms for the word “beautiful” and what each of these words mean.
The first synonym of beautiful is alluring. The dictionary describes this word as, “fascinating” and “charming”. Wow, if you really want to pay someone a compliment, you can definitely call them alluring. A person can be alluring based on their personality traits alone. This adjective is alluring itself because such a tasteful word can describe so much about a person.
Another synonym is graceful. Someone is graceful if they are “characterized by elegance or beauty of form, manner, movement, or speech”. This also doesn’t necessarily have to do with physical traits of a person. This word is more so about a person’s overall aura. A person who has a graceful aura is a person who carries herself or himself in a polished, sophisticated way. I respect graceful people because they are the ones who tend to complete actions with care.
Another synonym that stood out to me is classy. “Admirably smart” and “elegant” are a couple of the words used to describe it. When you think of someone who is classy, you usually tend to think of someone who respects herself or himself in the highest-quality manner. There is nothing more admirable than someone who takes a classy approach to life and themselves because it can reflect a wonderful strength in that person.
The word delightful also caught my eye. “Highly pleasing” best described this synonym. A person can be delightful in many different ways. When I think of someone who is delightful, I think of a person who has a positive outlook on life, and likes to spread happiness and kindness to others. A delightful person is sometimes hard to find, but that’s what makes them so special.
The last synonym I chose is sublime. The dictionary describes this as “impressing the mind with a sense of grandeur or power; inspiring awe, veneration, etc.” It’s difficult to describe specific qualities a person can have to be considered sublime, but I can say that you know a sublime person when you see one. This adjective is a very strong and positive one. If a person is called sublime, they are truly one of a kind and they tightly embrace the things that they do best.
So why are these words important? It’s crucial to understand that beauty isn’t defined by the way you look on the outside. You have so many incredibly unique qualities that shine from within you, and it’s necessary to recognize these qualities. You have to realize that absolutely no one is perfect. It’s the imperfections that make us different from one another, and it’s our differences that make us appealing.
Here are a couple of tasks to complete:
1. The next time you want to compliment someone, instead of using the word “beautiful”, use one of the synonyms from above, or look up other synonyms to use. These words give off a lot more meaning than the word beautiful, and it will make someone feel incredible.
2. The next time a magazine or entertainment website calls a “flawless” celebrity beautiful, say, “She may be considered beautiful, but I’m alluring and classy and no one can deny it!” It’s important to know your value and what you bring to the world. Once you find your true colors, flaunt them for all to see! (Tastefully, of course!).