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13 beautiful words you probably never heard of!

Language is art. The calm you get when gazing at art is unparalleled, they say. Little did they know about the sweet words in a language that could sway the souls of millions. Each language has its own charm, wrapping its arms around people whose only solace is words. Keeping aside all distress, gloom and melancholy, I am going to take you places today.

Is it just me, or does your mind couple certain words with visualized scenarios that transport you magically and everything starts to fall into place and just make sense? If you are like me, then get ready for a hell of a ride! I am going to give you 13 never heard words from different languages, with deep, beautiful meaning behind. Tuck in tight. Check the last word for a twist!

Beautiful words that just make sense

1. Zenith (Arabic)

Pronunciation: zen.ɪθ

Meaning: the best or most successful part of time. Astronomy: Highest point reached my a heavenly body

Sample sentence: The sun was at its zenith in a cloudless sky.

2. Gumusservi (Turkish)

Pronunciation: goo-moo-SAIR-vee

Meaning: moonlight shining on water

Sample sentence: To see a silvery trail of gumusservi alone in the quiets of night is paradise on earth.

Gumusservi- Moonlight on water
Gumusservi- Moonlight on water

 

3. Vellichor (English)

Pronunciation: vel-li-kor

Meaning: the strange wistfulness of used bookstores, which are somehow infused with the passage of time.

Sample sentence: As she entered the dust filled store, she was overcome with vellichor.

4. Eldritch (English)

Meaning: weird and sinister or ghostly.

Sample sentence: The woman, whose voice had risen to a kind of eldritch sing-song, turned with a skip, and was gone.

5. Moonbow (English)

Pronunciation: moon-bow

Meaning: a rainbow caused by reflection and refraction of moon light.

Sample sentence:

A moonbow
A moonbow- rainbow at night
6. Arcane (French)

Pronunciation: ɑːˈkeɪn

Meaning: secret, mysterious, only understood by a few.

Sample sentence: The arcane knowledge he possessed was envied by the Gods.

7. Halcyon (English)

Pronunciation: ˈhælsɪən

Meaning: a time in the past that was calm and peaceful, happy and prosperous.

Sample sentence: She recalled the halcyon days of her childhood, innocent and free.

8. Eunoia (Greek)

Pronunciation: you-no-ya

Meaning: well mind/beautiful thinking

Sample sentence: His compassion and eunoia make him a fantastic candidate.

9. Orenda (Huron)

Pronunciation: aw-ren-duh

Meaning: a mystical force present in all people that empowers them to affect the world, or to effect change their own lives.

Sample sentence: The orenda of the rabbit controls the snow.

10. Charmolypi (Greek)

Pronunciation: char-mo-lip

Meaning: a mixed feeling of happiness while being sad.

Sample sentence: Staring at the sunset, she was overwhelmed by the feeling of charmolypi.

11. Scintilla (Latin)

Pronunciation: sɪnˈtɪlə

Meaning: a tiny trace or spark of a specified quality or feeling.

Sample sentence: I felt a scintilla of guilt washing over me as I saw her walking away.

12. Chatoyant (French)

Pronunciation: ʃəˈtɔɪənt

Meaning: showing a band of bright luster caused by reflection from inclusions in the stone.

Sample sentence: She was attired in a silk dress with chatoyant effects in red and green.

13. Maanvizhi (Tamil)

Pronunciation: The ‘zh’ sound cannot be represented in phonetics and is unique to the language itself(Tamizh). It is pronunced by rolling your tongue inwards making sure it doesn’t touch the roof of your mouth. Watch this to learn how to pronounce it.

Meaning: A person(usually female) whose eyes is like a baby deer’s eye

The letter 'zha' in tamil
The letter ‘zha’ in tamil

 

These are a few words that I curated overtime and found them to be so beautifully formed. They resonate a unique feeling when pronouncing them. I have given to you only a very few words from very few languages across the world. There are certainly many words that I’ve missed. Do comment your favorite ones.