KJV Dictionary Definition: beautiful


BEAU'TIFUL, a. bu'tiful. beauty and full.

1. Elegant in form, fair,having the form that pleases the eye. It expresses more than handsome.

A beautiful woman is one of the most attractive objects in all nature's works.

A circle is more beautiful than a square; a square is more beautiful than a parallelogram.

2. Having the qualities which constitute beauty, or that which pleases the senses other than the sight; as a beautiful sound.


BEAU'TIFULNESS, n. bu'tifulness. Elegance of form; beauty; the quality of being beautiful.


BEAU'TY, n. bu'ty.

1. An assemblage of graces, or an assemblage of properties in the form of the person or any other object, which pleases the eye. In the person, due proportion or symmetry of parts constitutes the most essential property to which we annex the term beauty. In the face, the regularity and symmetry of the features, the color of the skin, the expression of the eye, are among the principal properties which constitute beauty. But as it is hardly possible to define all the properties which constitute beauty, we may observe in general, that beauty consists in whatever pleases the eye of the beholder, whether in the human body, in a tree, in a landscape, or in any other object.

Beauty is intrinsic, and perceived by the eye at first view, or relative, to perceive which the aid of the understanding and reflection is requisite. Thus, the beauty of a machine is not perceived, till we understand its uses, and adaptation to its purpose. This is called the beauty of utility. By any easy transition, the word beauty is used to express what is pleasing to the other senses, or to the understanding. Thus we say, the beauty of a thought, of a remark, of sound, &c.

So beauty, armed with virtue, bows the soul

With a commanding, but a sweet control.

2. A particular grace, feature or ornament; any particular thing which is beautiful and pleasing; as the beauties of nature.

3. A particular excellence, or a part which surpasses in excellence that with which it is united; as the beauties of an author.

4. A beautiful person, In scripture, the chief dignity or ornament. 2 Sam.1.

5. In the arts, symmetry of parts; harmony; justness of composition.

6. Joy and gladness. Is.61. Order, prosperity,peace,holiness, Ezek. 26.

BEAU'TY, v.t. bu'ty. To adorn; to beautify or embellish. Obs.