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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HANDSOMENESS

Druce was lithe, well made and gifted with a sort of Satanic handsomeness.

The handsomeness was marred by a somberness, a sternness of demeanor.

And had wondered if handsomeness was a requisite for a statesman in this Administration.

"You look all right," he said with a sneer, yet smiling at her handsomeness.

Lucas silently scowled, and his handsomeness vanished for an instant.

It's most impossible, he will not look with any handsomeness upon a Woman.

Almost all the favourites of James became so from their handsomeness.

Likewise he was good to see—not from the handsomeness of his feathers or his eyes, but from the strength of his physical being.

And upon the handsomeness or ugliness of the faces they saw in the moonlight they pronounced with perfect candor.

She wondered she had overlooked till now the fact that his was distinctly a local and rustic sort of handsomeness.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, handsom "easy to handle, ready at hand," from hand (n.) + -some (1). Sense extended to "fair size, considerable" (1570s), then "having fine form, good-looking" (1580s). Meaning "generous" (in handsome reward, etc.) first recorded 1680s.

Related: Handsomeness.

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