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–noun, plural -ties.

1. the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations (as shape, color, sound, etc.), a meaningful design or pattern, or something else (as a personality in which high spiritual qualities are manifest).
2. a beautiful  person, especially a woman.
3. a beautiful  thing, as a work of art or a building.
1225–75; Middle English be ( a ) ute  < Old French beaute;  replacing Middle English bealte  < Old French beltet  < Vulgar Latin *bellitāt-  (stem of *bellitās ), equivalent to Latin bell ( us ) fine + -itāt- -ity

Synonyms: 1.  loveliness, pulchritude, comeliness, fairness, attractiveness. 2.  belle. Antonyms: 1.  ugliness.

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“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.”  Miss Piggy

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