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comely

[kuhm-lee] /ˈkʌm li/
adjective, comelier, comeliest.
1.
pleasing in appearance; attractive; fair:
a comely face.
2.
proper; seemly; becoming:
comely behavior.
Origin of comely
1000
before 1000; Middle English cumli, Old English cȳmlīc lovely, equivalent to cȳme exquisite (cognate with Middle High German kūme weak, tender, German kaum (adv.) with difficulty, Old High German kūmo) + -līc -ly
Related forms
comelily, adverb
comeliness, noun
uncomely, adjective
Synonyms
1. pretty, handsome, beautiful, good-looking, personable.
Antonyms
1. unattractive.
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  • In truth, the sunshine pictures of Turner were evolved from a life as dingy and uncomely as could well be.

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  • Thus Justin Martyr speaks of his appearance as ignoble and uncomely.

    The Catacombs of Rome William Henry Withrow
  • Whatever building is nobly and enduringly useful, thoroughly adapted to its uses, cannot be uncomely.

  • The door was then opened, and Marion swirled in with an uncomely bravery.

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  • And Mayakin filled the air with a jarring, hasty laughter, at which his goat-like beard began to tremble in an uncomely manner.

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  • I am not wont to shun the truth: But yet I think the reason you could give Were too uncomely.

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  • The grooms came and soundly flogged me for uncomely speech of my Lady Anne!

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  • She was choked with tenderness, and had only this uncomely way of showing it.

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  • It was the old picture, save for the uncomely modifications of our modern costume.

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  • At thirty-eight the Reformer, we must remember, must have been no uncomely wooer.

British Dictionary definitions for uncomely

comely

/ˈkʌmlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
good-looking; attractive
Derived Forms
comeliness, noun
Word Origin
Old English cӯmlīc beautiful; related to Old High German cūmi frail, Middle High German komlīche suitably
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Word Origin and History for uncomely

comely

adj.

"beautiful, handsome," c.1400, probably from Old English cymlic "lovely, splendid, finely made," from cyme "exquisite, glorious, delicate," from West Germanic *kumi- "delicate, feeble" (cf. Old High German chumo "with difficulty," chumig "weak, delicate;" German kaum "hardly, scarcely"). Or perhaps the modern word is from Middle English bicumelic (c.1200) "suitable, exquisite," literally "becomely" (cf. becoming).

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