Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but when it comes to language, it is strange that some beautiful words have meanings that are… well… a bit ugly. Read on to find some beautiful words for ugly, embarrassing, sad or unpleasant things that you might just like to know.

The following beautiful words all have a lovely sound. So much so that you would think they had beautiful meanings, too. Unfortunately, this is not the case. But there is something rather nice about a beautiful word even if its meaning is less than lovely. After all, we all experience situations and emotions that are sad or upsetting and at least now, we might have a beautiful word to describe how we are feeling.

Read on to find the perfect word to describe how you feel on a bad day, or in bad company!

1. Lacuna

A gap or missing part, for example, a missing section of a manuscript or a gap in an argument.

2. Eccedentesiast

A person who fakes a smile. It is often used to describe celebrities who have to smile for the camera no matter how they are feeling inside.

3. Lassitude

Fatigue and lack of energy. A weariness of body or mind.

4. Kuidaore

A Japanese word literally meaning: “to ruin oneself by extravagance in food” or in other words to eat yourself into bankruptcy!

5. Schwellenangst

From the German Schwelle (“threshold”) + Angst (“anxiety”). A fear or aversion to entering a place or crossing a threshold to embark on something new.

6. Dystopian

A hellish society characterized by human misery and problems including brutality, oppression, disease, hunger, etc.

2. Hiraeth

A Welsh word meaning a homesickness for a home to which you cannot return; a home which maybe never was. Nostalgia, yearning and grief, for the lost places of your past or a sense of home.

I am homesick for a place I am not sure even exists. One where my heart is full. My body loved. And my soul understood.

8. Amorphous

Lacking a definite form, being shapeless like a thick fog.

9. Beguile

To influence by trickery or flattery or to mislead or delude.

10. Inexorable

Relentless, unyielding, unmoveable, unalterable and not to be persuaded.

11. Visceral

Dealing with crude or elemental emotions.

12. Hirsute

Hairy or shaggy.

13. Curare

A blackish, resin-like substance used by certain Indigenous South Americans for poisoning arrows. It stops the motor nerves working effectively.

14. Imbroglio

A complicated or difficult situation. An embarrassing situation or a misunderstanding of a complicated or bitter nature between people.

15. Absquatulate

To leave without saying goodbye or without permission. To abscond.

16. Ubiquitous

Found everywhere. This is not actually a negative word, but it seems to have lately acquired negative connotations and imply commonplace and without uniqueness or value.

17. Knell

The sound made by a bell rung slowly, especially for a death or funeral. Also a mournful sound in general, or a warning sound.

18. Languid

Lacking in spirit or vigour, listless, indifferent.

19. Tartle

This is a Scottish word which means to hesitate while introducing someone because you have forgotten their name.

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