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aesthete
n. a person who cultivates a superior appreciation of beauty, especially in the arts; often used to imply that the person's appreciation is excessive, affected, or impractical.
aesthetic
adj. pertaining to an appreciation of beauty
beatific
adj. demonstrating extreme joy or blessedness
beatitude
n. 1. supreme blessedness; exalted happiness
2. (capitalized with the) A series of declarations about blessedness made by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount
Benign
adj. 1. kindly; mild and gentle in effect
2. not malignant, as a growth or tumor
benignant
adj. beneficial; kindly
benison
n. a blessing or benediction
bona fide
adj. authentic; genuine
bonanza
n. 1. a rich mass of ore
2. an unexpected source of great wealth or luck; a windfall
bon vivant
n. a person who enjoys good food and drink and lives luxuriously
boon
adj. jolly; convivial (usually used with companion)
n. a benefit greatly enjoyed
debonair
adj. suave; urbane; nonchalant
eugenics
n. the study of improving a species, especially humans, by genetic control such as discouraging the reproduction of individuals presumed to have undesirable innate traits and encouraging the reproduction of those with desirable traits
euphemism
n. the use of a neutral, mild, or vague word or phrase instead of a more explicit one that might offend
euphony
n. pleasant sounds, especially in spoken language