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Definition: to make beautiful; improve.

Pronunciation: VEN-us-tait

Synonyms: Prettify, ameliorate, hone and simonize.


Venustate derives from venustas, the Latin term for beauty, coined after Venus, the Goddess of love and beauty.

Why this word?

Quite a few of the words you’d see in our site are visible in other realms of the internet and literature, but others- not so much. Venustate is one of those words that wend completely obsolete after their last mentioning in the New English Dictionary on Historical Principles, written by James Murray in the early 1900s.

When you look for an eraser to efface some redundancies from your drawing, you are actually trying to venustate it; Philanthropists donate money to poor people with the intention of seeing venustation in their lives. By preaching, preachers aim to venustate human life. And I’m sure that by meticulously following our site, you are going to venustate your vocabulary.

“A word which some lexicographers has marked obsolete is ever thereafter an object of dread and loathing to the fool writer, but if it is a good word and has no exact modern equivalent equally good, it is good enough for a good writer.” (Ambrose Bierce)

How to use the word venustate in a sentence?

He was just trying to venustate her character, but she, being an adamant woman, kept on spewing vituperative words.


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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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