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Beautiful is an adjective used to describe things as possessing beauty.

beautiful adj 1: delighting the senses or exciting intellectual or emotional admiration; "a beautiful child"; "beautiful country"; "a beautiful painting"; "a beautiful theory"; "a beautiful party" [ant: {ugly}] 2: aesthetically pleasing 3: (of weather) highly enjoyable; "what a beautiful day"

57 Moby Thesaurus words for "beautiful": admirable, aesthetic, aesthetically appealing, alluring, appealing, art-conscious, artistic, arty, attractive, beauteous, bonny, charming, choice, comely, delightful, elegant, endowed with beauty, excellent, exquisite, eye-filling, fair, fine, first-rate, flowerlike, glorious, good-looking, gorgeous, graceful, gracile, handsome, hear, heavy, incomparable, lovely, magnificent, of consummate art, ornamental, painterly, personable, pleasant, pleasing, pretty, proper, pulchritudinous, radiant, resplendent, smashing, spectacular, splendid, stunning, sublime, superb, superior, tasteful, well done, well-favored, wonderful

Beautiful \Beau"ti*ful\ (b[=u]"t[i^]*f[.u]l), a. Having the qualities which constitute beauty; pleasing to the sight or the mind. [1913 Webster] A circle is more beautiful than a square; a square is more beautiful than a parallelogram. --Lord Kames. [1913 Webster] Syn: Handsome; elegant; lovely; fair; charming; graceful; pretty; delightful. See {Fine}. -- {Beau"ti*ful*ly}, adv. -- {Beau"ti*ful*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


Stunning is the process of rendering animals immobile or unconscious, without killing the animal, prior to their being slaughtered for food.

stunning See {stun}

stunning adj 1: commanding attention; "an arresting drawing of people turning into animals"; "a sensational concert--one never to be forgotten"; "a stunning performance" [syn: {arresting}, {sensational}] 2: causing great astonishment and consternation; "the strike came as a stunning protest against management"; "a stunning defeat" 3: causing or capable of causing bewilderment or shock or insensibility; "laid the poor fellow senseless with one stunning blow"; "a stunning detonation with volumes of black smoke" 4: strikingly beautiful or attractive; "quite stunning with large dark eyes and a beautiful high-bosomed figure"; "stunning photographs of Canada's wilderness areas"

stun v 1: make senseless or dizzy by or as if by a blow; "stun fish" [syn: {stupefy}] 2: surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off; "I was floored when I heard that I was promoted" [syn: {shock}, {floor}, {ball over}, {blow out of the water}, {take aback}] 3: hit something or somebody as if with a sandbag [syn: {sandbag}] 4: overcome as with astonishment or disbelief; "The news stunned her" [syn: {bedaze}, {daze}] [also: {stunning}, {stunned}]

141 Moby Thesaurus words for "stunning": OK, ace-high, amazing, analgesic, anesthetic, astonishing, astounding, attractive, bad, bang-up, beaming, beauteous, beautiful, benumbing, bloodcurdling, blooming, bonny, bonzer, boss, breathtaking, bright, brilliant, bully, but good, comely, confounding, cool, corking, crackerjack, dandy, dazzling, deadening, delicious, devastating, divine, ducky, dulling, electrifying, exquisite, extraordinary, eye-opening, fab, fabulous, fair, famous, fine, fine and dandy, first-class, first-rate, first-string, gear, glamorous, glorious, glowing, gorgeous, grand, great, groovy, hair-raising, handsome, heavenly, heavy, hot, hunky-dory, jam-up, jarring, jolting, just dandy, keen, killing, knockout, lovely, magnificent, marvy, mean, mind-boggling, narcotic, neat, nifty, nobby, number one, numbing, okay, out of sight, overpowering, overwhelming, paralyzing, peachy, peachy-keen, petrifying, pretty, pulchritudinous, radiant, raving, ravishing, remarkable, resplendent, ripping, royal, rum, scrumptious, sensational, shining, shocking, slap-up, smashing, solid, something else, sparkling, spectacular, spiffing, spiffy, splendid, splendorous, splendrous, staggering, startling, striking, stupefying, stupendous, sublime, superb, superior, surprising, swell, terrifying, terror, terror-bearing, terror-breathing, terror-breeding, terror-bringing, terror-fraught, terror-giving, terror-inspiring, terror-striking, terrorful, terroristic, top, tough, wizard, wonderful

stunning adj. Mind-bogglingly stupid. Usually used in sarcasm. "You want to code _what_ in Ada? That's a ... stunning idea!"

Stunning \Stun"ning\, a. 1. Overpowering consciousness; overpowering the senses; especially, overpowering the sense of hearing; confounding with noise. [1913 Webster] 2. Striking or overpowering with astonishment, especially on account of excellence; as, stunning poetry. [Slang] --C. Kingsley. -- {Stun"ning*ly}, adv. [Slang] [1913 Webster]

Stun \Stun\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stunned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Stunning}.] [OE. stonien, stownien; either fr. AS. stunian to resound (cf. D. stenen to groan, G. st["o]hnen, Icel. stynja, Gr. ?, Skr. stan to thunder, and E. thunder), or from the same source as E. astonish. [root]168.] 1. To make senseless or dizzy by violence; to render senseless by a blow, as on the head. [1913 Webster] One hung a poleax at his saddlebow, And one a heavy mace to stun the foe. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To dull or deaden the sensibility of; to overcome; especially, to overpower one's sense of hearing. [1913 Webster] And stunned him with the music of the spheres. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 3. To astonish; to overpower; to bewilder. [1913 Webster] William was quite stunned at my discourse. --De Foe. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • beautiful: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • beautiful: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • beautiful: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • stunning: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • stunning: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • stunning: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • stunning: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • stunning: Jargon File (4.3.1, 29 Jun 2001)
  • stunning: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • stunning: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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