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Definition: beautiful thinking; a good mind.

Pronunciation: u-NO-ya


The origin of eunoia is considered to be the Greek word euvoia. It is also a rarely used medical term referring to a state of normal mental health.

Why this word?

Oh this word! Such an underused word this is. I wonder why.

I am sure you haven’t noticed eunoia includes all the vowels of English language, but they are indeed there! This is the shortest word to include all vowels, even if not in the right order… Aerious, by the way,  is the shortest word containing all main vowels in alphabetical order.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is the epitome of this word. It is his intellect, beautiful thinking, and sturdy leadership that brought a peaceful end to apartheid. Mandela set the tone in his inaugural address, telling the nation: “We enter into a covenant that we shall build a society in which all South Africans, both black and white, will be able to walk tall, without any fear in their hearts, assured of their inalienable right to human dignity- a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world.”

Rest in peace, big man.

How to use the word eunoia in a sentence?

“After encountering those daft pessimists, I could have used a good dose of eunoia”

“His eunoia is the reason for which I fell in love with him.”


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Written by Akshay Dashore

Akshay is a Civil engineer who, for his love of words, preferred words over engineering. He is an avid reader and a prolific writer.


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