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[puhl-kri-tood, -tyood] /ˈpʌl krɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
physical beauty; comeliness.
Origin of pulchritude
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin pulchritūdō beauty, equivalent to pulchri- (combining form of pulcher beautiful) + -tūdō -tude
loveliness, beauteousness, fairness. Unabridged
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  • The manager intimated that what I lacked in voice I made up in pulchritude, though I recall he referred to it as "shape."

    My Actor-Husband Anonymous
  • She thrust it out and strove to find encouragement in its pulchritude.

    The Californians Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • In a race of beings so little modeled after the accepted lines of pulchritude, all this was laughable.

    Villa Elsa Stuart Henry
  • I have never had any money and my particular kind of pulchritude doesn't appeal to them.

    Paradise Garden George Gibbs
  • From the beginning he and his friends have capitalized his poverty of pulchritude and his pulchritudinous poverty.

    Idling in Italy Joseph Collins
  • If he has any, her crude manoeuvres make him laugh and he is repelled by her lack of pulchritude and amiability.

    In Defense of Women H. L. Mencken
  • Her pulchritude has a background of good character and she is alive with the spirit of the New World.

    In the Days of Poor Richard Irving Bacheller
  • pulchritude begins in childhood with the Californian, grows and strengthens through youth to middle age.

    The Californiacs Inez Haynes Irwin
  • Not that any lady's pulchritude is a handicap to a stage career or in any way undesirable.

British Dictionary definitions for pulchritude


(formal or literary) physical beauty
Derived Forms
pulchritudinous, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin pulchritūdō, from pulcher beautiful
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Word Origin and History for pulchritude

"beauty," c.1400, from Latin pulchritudo "beauty; excellence, attractiveness," from pulcher "beautiful," of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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