12 synonyms for beautiful used perfectly by famous authors

Looking for another word for beautiful? Tired of using the same old word to describe anything and everything that's pleasing to the eyes? Feast your eyes on these 12 classic authors' descriptions for beauty.

1. Exquisite

"The girl was standing there alone, with a look of triumph on her face. Her eyes were lit with an exquisite fire."

2. Gorgeous

Suddenly there is presented to his sight a strong castle or gorgeous palace with walls of massy gold, turrets of diamond and gates of jacinth; in short, so marvellous is its structure that though the materials of which it is built are nothing less than diamonds, carbuncles, rubies, pearls, gold, and emeralds, the workmanship is still more rare.
Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

3. Handsome

It can't be denied your hair is terrible red; but I knew a girl once—went to school with her, in fact—whose hair was every mite as red as yours when she was young, but when she grew up it darkened to a real handsome auburn.
Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne Of Green Gables

4. Winsome

"I shall never forget the debt I owe you," and, with a most winsome smile that displayed a row of perfect teeth, the girl curtsied to Tarzan, who bade her good night and made his way on deck.
Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Return of Tarzan

5. Lovely

Her hair of a shining raven black, and curiously braided; her eyes were dark, but gentle, although animated; her features of a regular proportion, and her complexion wondrously fair, each cheek tinged with a lovely pink.
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

6. Captivating

It was enough to secure his good opinion; for to be unaffected was all that a pretty girl could want to make her mind as captivating as her person.

7. Alluring

She rose with a little laugh and stood leaning towards the fire, her elbow upon the broad mantel, tall, graceful, alluring.
E. Phillips Oppenheim, The Yellow Crayon

8. Radiant

Twenty years of age, a charming blonde, with blue eyes, milk-white complexion, and radiant with divine health, Mathilde Stangerson was one of the most beautiful marriageable girls in either the old or the new world.

9. Ravishing

At once she was caught in a web of ravishing music and dazzled by a panorama of lights and colours.

10. Comely

She lost her colour, and the old and intent expression was a constant, not an occasional, thing; otherwise, she remained very pretty and comely.
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

11. Beauteous

Not thus shy of exhibiting her charms was the Island Queen herself, the beauteous wife of Movianna, the king of Nukuheva.
Herman Melville, Typee

12. Fair

This will I do, dear Queen, and never leave his dreary home, till the sunlight falls on flowers fair as those that bloom in our own dear land.
Louisa May Alcott, Flower Fables
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