Lurking not far beneath the prettiness lies the real Pagford—a dystopia that would take a wizard to set right.
She is taut with prettiness, and when she smiles, I am sure I can hear her jaw click, protesting the disruption.
She was self-aware, even, of the role her prettiness played in earning her admirers.
The choice suggests a woman with a modern definition of femininity, one in which power, swagger and prettiness easily coexist.
I feel much more now that all the fans, and particularly the lesbian fans of the show, savor the prettiness of the cast.
Their woman would please by cleverness and prettiness, and everybody would say, "How womanly!"
Her prettiness, indeed, was chiefly in slender plumpness and bloom.
prettiness isnt everything, and the really smartest people would disdain to look simply ready for an artist to paint them.
But Alston Choate, she saw, was not going to find it a road to prettiness.
But after all, what is prettiness and "men don't like clever women."
Old English prættig (West Saxon), pretti (Kentish), *prettig (Mercian) "cunning, skillful, artful, wily, astute," from prætt, *prett "a trick, wile, craft," from West Germanic *pratt- (cf. Old Norse prettr "a trick," prettugr "tricky;" Frisian pret, Middle Dutch perte, Dutch pret "trick, joke," Dutch prettig "sportive, funny," Flemish pertig "brisk, clever"), of unknown origin.
Connection between Old English and Middle English words is uncertain, but if they are the same, meaning had shifted by c.1400 to "manly, gallant," and later moved via "attractive, skillfully made," to "fine," to "beautiful in a slight way" (mid-15c.). Ironical use from 1530s. For sense evolution, compare nice, silly. Also used of bees (c.1400). "After the OE. period the word is unknown till the 15th c., when it becomes all at once frequent in various senses, none identical with the OE., though derivable from it" [OED].
Meaning "not a few, considerable" is from late 15c. With a sense of "moderately," qualifying adjectives and adverbs, since 1560s. Pretty please as an emphatic plea is attested from 1902. A pretty penny "lot of money" is first recorded 1768.
"a pretty person or thing," 1736, from pretty (adj.).
Quite; more than a little: The weather's pretty rotten (1565+)