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Hándsomeness. n.s. [from handsome.] Beauty; grace; elegance.

Accompanying her mourning garments with a doleful countenance, yet neither forgetting handsomeness in her mourning garments, nor sweetness in her doleful countenance. Sidney.

For handsomeness sake, it were good you hang the upper glass upon a nail. Bacon's Natural History,

In cloths, cheap handsomeness doth bear the bell. Herbert.

Persons of the fairer sex like that handsomeness for which they find themselves to be the most liked. Boyle.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Boyle, Robert (84) · Herbert, George (10) · Sidney, Philip (140)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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