Favorite Old-Timey Synonyms for "Attractive"
- •RareFrequently used in Shakespeare plays to describe a character who is oh-my-god-balls-to-the-wall hot. E.g Agrippa declares Cleopatra on the barge to be a "rare Egyptian."
- •HandsomeI think there was a time when describing a woman as handsome just meant she was attractive and not attractive-in-a-kind-of-mannish way. E.g. Jane Austen's Emma is described as "handsome, clever, and rich."
- •PulchritudinousFYI the SAT no longer features obscure vocabulary questions, so people who know what this word means are going extinct. Too bad. Any guy can call you "hot" but a guy who sets aside time to call you "pulchritudinous" is IN IT.