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The Most BEAUTIFUL Words You Should Know

Updated on June 22, 2012

The knowledge you gain by simply knowing more words is unmeasurable


The Power and Feeling of Words

I love words. I love the meaning of words. I love the way that some words are fun to say and roll off the tongue as if they are poetry within themselves. I love the ability to say something a hundred different ways, and have it sound completely different each phrase you create-all by the positioning and selection of words. It is also my belief that sharing words, shares knowledge and shares poise that each can implement into our lives and create a more rich experience for those we speak to.

Rather than continue to repeat the same words each and every day, I try to discover and implement the usage of a word I have yet to use before. Through the years, I have read, and learned the meaning of some of the most beautiful words. Some of these words are just fun to say, others have a beautiful meaning behind them. Regardless of the reason they have made my list of, “The Most BEAUTIFUL Words You Should Know”, these are the top 15 of all words that I love and believe should be utilized as often as possible.

I hope you enjoy the selection, and I encourage leaving any beautiful words you wish to share in the comments section of this hub.

When you have understanding- communication is natural.

Opulent- [op-yuh-luhnt]

Wealthy, rich, or affluent. Richly supplied; abundant or plentiful. Lush, luxuriant.

Intrepidity- [in-trep-id-ity]

Resolutely courageous; fearless.

Panacea- [pan-uh-see-uh]

A solution for all problems, a remedy for all disease or ills; cure-all.

Plethora- [pleth-er-uh]

Overabundance; excess,A large quantity.

Quintessential- [kwin-tuh-sen-shuhl]

Most important aspect. Most essential.

Scintilla- [sin-til-uh]

A spark or very small thing/ a minute particle; spark; trace:


Words count- use ones that matter!


pleasant to the ear; melodious: the dulcet tones of the cello. pleasant or agreeable to the eye or the feelings; soothing. Sweet and Sugary

Valor- [val-er]

boldness or determination in facing great danger, especially in battle; heroic courage; bravery: a medal forvalor

Serendipity- [ser-uhn-dip-i-tee]

the faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident

Evanescent- [ev-uh-nes-uhnt]

Vanishing quickly, lasting a very short time.

Felicity-  [fi-lis-i-tee]

A source of happiness. Pleasantness.

Onomatopoeia- [on-uh-mat-uh-pee-uh, ‐mah-tuh‐]

The formation of a word, as cuckoo, meow, honk, or boom, by imitation of a sound made by or associated with its referent. A word that sounds like its meaning.

What words can change is amazing!

Your words are your power to change the world. Knowing more provides you with the ultimate power!!


characterized by shyness and modesty; reserved.

Epiphany- [ih-pif-uh-nee]

a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or common place occurrence or experience.

Love [luhv]

A feeling of deep affection. a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.


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      3 years ago

      As Charlie Sheen says, this article is "WIGNINN!"

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      The Jet 

      4 years ago from The Bay

      I like saying Plethora. Sound classy

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Lone Star State

      Thank you so much for those word, I appreciate your comment. Words are what we have as writers- we should use them the best we can and know them well.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I entirely agree, Holly. Words are powerful and colorful if used correctly and imaginatively and lend a charm and grace of their own to any write.

      Voted up.

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      Juliette Kando FI Chor 

      5 years ago from Andalusia

      I sometimes find myself using words I didn't know I knew. They kind of come out of my subconscious. I must have heard those words at some point. I then want to use one of them but have to look it up to make sure it's what I want to say. Usually checking the word in the dictionary confirms its correctness for the context I chose to use it for but I really wasn't aware I knew that word. Weird or what? Has anyone else experienced this?

      b.t.w. I loved the blindman video.

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      Joshua Patrick 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Panacea is one of my favorite words, too. I just might use it if I ever start my own production company. Voted up!

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      A.E. Williams 

      6 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Porter!! This was so awesome. I love words to, the sounding and the meaning. I like the word "peripetetic" that I learned from watching Doubt with Meryl Streep. "Shifting from place to place" is a broad definition of it. It's awesome. Really cool to read this!! :)


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      6 years ago from USA

      I agree with jhamann about your ending, and I loved the list itself. I'm a fan of words but one thing I find frustrating is the huge number of people who don't understand these words when you use them in daily speech. Sigh.

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      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Great Hub, voted up. I am a fan of Onomatopoeia. Words like giggle, bang and whisper don't need a dictionary to tell us their meaning.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      6 years ago from Reno NV

      I love how you ended with love. A good touch. Excellent hub. Jamie

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      Jessee R 

      6 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Words... letters... aren't the magical...

      Mold them into the right amounts and they have the power to change worlds, bring sown civilizations and give new ones birth...

      A wonderful hub... and a very deep insight :))

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Thank you prairieprincess- I have an odd obsession with words and have a tendency to use them to calm myself when frustrated, lol... These words are beautiful sounding and most have an equally splendid meaning. I like serendipity a lot also. :)

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      Sharilee Swaity 

      6 years ago from Canada

      H.C. Porter, what a lovely idea for a hub! My favourite word from the ones you mention is "serendipity." I love how it sounds and what it means.

      And I know exactly what you mean about some words being beautiful, just for what they are. Thanks for this. It was truly a pleasure to read.

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Thanks Eric- I appreciate the follow and the cote up. I took a look at your profile and some of your hubs... You as well have earned a new follower, I will have to go back and comment on what I read later today. (my cell phone is weird about allowing me to post comments).

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      Eric Prado 

      6 years ago from Webster, Texas

      Excellent hub! Voted up and I will follow. =)

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      HLKeeley- thanks for the comment. As ironic as it is, words were something i struggled with in school (at least at first), I was a horrible speller, and hated to read, and hated to talk because i stuttered. I began writing, as a way to express myself- as i wrote, I felt emotions release, which enticed me to learn more words through reading, and through reading spelling became easier... Crazy circle and turn of events :)

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      sandrabusby- I hope so, I love to write, and am always up to improving my skill and passion. I hope that one day my choice of words will help me take flight. Thank you for stopping by to read and for leaving the comment!

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Thanks Seafarer Mama- I appreciate the feedback!

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Fennelseed- you are more than welcome! I love writing these types of hubs. They are so much fun and a pleasure to share, so I truly appreciate your feedback and am glad that you enjoyed it!

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Thanks for the additions thecrazzykylex... I love Jinxed... I also like the words Mystify and Demystify. I just like to say them for some reason, lol.

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Winsome- I think it is hard for many writers to slow down enough to get 'word happy' in something that they are writing. so many just want to get the thoughts out before the thought is gone, so creative word use often takes a back seat. I am glad that you enjoyed the hub and left the comment, I appreciate it :)

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Shubhangi Joshi- Oh wow, I havent seen that movie in such a long time! Thanks for the reminder. I am glad that you enjoyed the words I included.

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      hhunterr- why thank you sir! I am glad I could catch your vote :)

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Thank you writinginalaska, I am glad that you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate the feedback.

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      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Daughter of Matt- thanks for the comment. I have been accused of talking down to people when I get creative with my words, but I have more of a tendency to use more less known words, when I am in a heated discussion... I think it is my way of staying focused and in check, and in a sense in control of the conversation?

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      mollymeadows- I know exactly what you mean. Thanks for reading and for taking the time to comment! I appreciate the feedback!

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      writer20- I too am always looking for new words and ways to educate myself... this is one of the many ways I ensure I am constantly learning. Thanks for the comment!

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      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      shalini sharan- thank you for reading and commenting ma'am, I am glad that you enjoyed what you read!

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Imogen French- Very true. It isnt always what you say that matters- but how you say it that leaves an impression on a reader. I think as writers we should all want to improve our writing by adding some uniqueness and creative wording to all of our publications. Thanks for reading, and I am glad that you enjoyed the hub!

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Billybuc, we really do have a beautiful language. I have heard people disregard English as a classless language, but I tend to disagree with that. There is so much culture within English that not knowing how beautiful it truly is, is a shame.

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Thank you very much Josh3418, words are so powerful, and have the ability to transform lives...We just need to know how to use them. :) thanks for reading and for the vote up!

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      TToombs08- thanks for the comment! I am glad that you enjoyed the hub, and I appreciate the vote up and share! :)

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      HL Keeley 

      6 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      This was beautifully introduced. I love the word choices. Some made me giggle like Onomatopoeia, which has made me giggle since high school English.

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      Sandra Busby 

      6 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Words and an interest in words are the mark of a true writer. Thanks for SHARING.

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      Karen A Szklany 

      6 years ago from New England

      Very lovely hub, HC Porter. Love the words you included, and the images enhance it. Great video, too. Sounds like it takes place in Ireland. Hope to see you do more of these...would make a great series.

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      Annie Fenn 

      6 years ago from Australia

      I love words also and just can't go past 'onomatopoeia', how cool is that to say. I love all of your words and thank you for introducing me to 'dulcet'. Lovely hub, thank you, my votes to you, HC.

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      Crazzy Kylex © 2012 

      6 years ago from Incredible India!

      Loved the word 'Evanescent'! Here are some more worth to add:

      Juxtapose, Jinxed, and...

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      I suppose it is somewhat difficult to list words that writers do not already know, or have at least heard before... Thanks for reading and I am glad that you liked the list EuroNinila

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Lone Star State

      thanks ashish04oshi! I appreciate the feedback :)

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      6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Hi HC, I applaud your practice. I have a few authors I enjoy reading because they always surprise me with a new and often fascinating word every chapter or so. I must confess I don't always write them down, but I savor them just the same.

      Your words and poems are always mellifluous to my ears even though I'm only reading them. =:)

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      Shubhangi Joshi 

      6 years ago

      Great hub! Reminds me of Donnie Darko, where they say the words 'cellar door' are the most beautiful in the English vocabulary. Voted up!

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      6 years ago from Highway 24

      Voting up for intrepidity! (and that intricate intro...)

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      6 years ago from southeast Alaska

      very nice wordsmithing! Some gems to and to my speaking and writing vocabulary. Great Hub, thank you! lvh

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      Melissa Flagg COA OSC 

      6 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      Great hub, and so true. People get so mad at me for playing semantics, but the meanings of words are how we communicate and many words have subtle nuances that most people don't recognize! Had to vote this up and share it!

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      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      Your love of words, and their bare sounds, is inspiring. Sometimes we get jaded because we work with them all day and don't see or hear them any more. Thanks for this refreshing reminder that they really are beautiful!

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Thank you for great hub; to help some of your hubbers like me learning new words.

      Vote up and awesome, Joyce.

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      shalini sharan 

      6 years ago from Delhi

      great hub, i love the choice of words, beautifully written

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      Imogen French 

      6 years ago from Southwest England

      I enjoyed your choice of words - there are so many beautiful sounding words that can really enhance a piece of writing or speech.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A wonderful hub and message. We really have a beautiful language; too bad some people don't feel like expanding their knowledge of it.

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      These are awesome words, thanks for sharing HC! I know I don't often expand my vocabulary like I should, so thanks for publishing this.

      Voted up and awesome!

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      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      fantabulus! I love words and I love to use a variety of them. And to shake them up and mix them around keeps the reader entertained and engaged...not to mention keeps me from getting bored. :) Loved this. Voting up and sharing.

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 

      6 years ago from NYC BABY

      I loved this hub, and I'm also happy I knew most of the words. Voted up and sharing!!

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      Ashish Joshi 

      6 years ago from India

      You can delete this after reading...

      Intrepidity would mean courage, valor, boldness, etc.

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      Ashish Joshi 

      6 years ago from India

      Very nice hub indeed...I'm happy I knew most of them.

      'up' and useful'...and shared as well.


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