Lee makes a convincing case that the loveliness of much Renaissance art is inversely related to the moral ugliness of its patrons.
He challenges the shades and overcomes them with the loveliness of his song.
The loveliness was made all the more unlikely by the lingering smell of smoke.
Old English luflic "affectionate, loveable;" see love (n.) + -ly (1). The modern sense of "lovable on account of beauty, attractive" is from c.1300, "applied indiscriminately to all pleasing material objects, from a piece of plum-cake to a Gothic cathedral" [George P. Marsh, "The Origin and History of the English Language," 1862].
An attractive woman: where flabby lovelies in polka-dot bikinis lobbed beachballs around (1940s+)