Voluptuous vs Pulchritudinous - What's the difference?

voluptuous | pulchritudinous |


As adjectives the difference between voluptuous and pulchritudinous

is that voluptuous is suggestive of or characterized by full, generous, pleasurable sensation while pulchritudinous is (literary) having great physical beauty.

voluptuous

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Suggestive of or characterized by full, generous, pleasurable sensation.
  • The plentiful blankets and the voluptuous pillows of the bed called out to my tired body, tantalizing me with their luxury.
    {{quote-Fanny Hill, part=5 , Thus we lay, whilst a voluptuous languor possest, and still maintain'd us motionless and fast locked in one another's arms}}
  • (of a woman) Curvaceous, sexy, full-figured.
  • Her flowing raven hair contrasted her creamy white complexion, her amber eyes like those of a cat, the low neckline of her bodice emphasised her plump, voluptuous figure.

    Derived terms

    * voluptuousness

    pulchritudinous

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (literary) Having great physical beauty.
  • * 1994, , The Ships of Earth [http://books.google.com/books?ie=UTF-8&vid=ISBN0812532635&id=7gfXxsbBlMUC&pg=PA8&lpg=PA8&dq=pulchritudinous&sig=0rRZFt_qlJjfSJjGn3wFt2fS2d4]:
  • But Shedemei had long since grown out of her adolescent jealousy of pulchritudinous girls.
  • * 1966, , The Moon is a Harsh Mistress [http://books.google.com/books?ie=UTF-8&vid=ISBN0312863551&id=BekUbUYszIEC&pg=PA64&lpg=PA64&dq=pulchritudinous&sig=ZvuCF54ZL1_TGu3t7yhCfG16Vac]:
  • “The first example in each series,” Mike offered, “would be, on the basis of my associational analyses of such data, of such pulchritudinous value as to please any healthy, mature human male.”
  • * 1998, Carole Nelson Douglas, Cat in a Flamingo Fedora [http://books.google.com/books?ie=UTF-8&vid=ISBN0812565355&id=lU8wPXJ3OiMC&pg=PA268&lpg=PA268&dq=pulchritudinous&sig=BBtkRVAYY69odrH7zFc7qi0qwus]:
  • “I had standing instructions to let any pulchritudinous females into Mr. Cooke’s dressing room,” Mike admitted.
    Pulchritudinous ? He really said that?”
    “No, I said that.”

    Synonyms

    * comely

    Derived terms

    * pulchritudinously