Analogies for beautiful woman (Nymph, Venus)

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  1. sharjeel New Member

    Seoul, Korea
    Pakistan, Punjabi
    Title of Sir Walter's Raleigh poem "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd".
    I am interested in finding more analogies/synonyms to describe or address beautiful females like Venus, ravishing beauty, winsomely charming lady, tantalization of senses, belle femme (french, but still works well). Any metaphores are also welcome.
  2. Trisia

    Trisia mod de viață

    Hello, welcome to the forum. :)

    You mean "enchantress," "goddess," "princess" and the like?

    Others that come to mind...

    Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love
    Ishtar, the Assyro-Babylonian love goddess (who I always thought was slightly more "carnal" than her Greek and Roman equivalents)
    A siren is a dangerous seductress :D

    Maybe it'd help if you gave us more context: are you making a list?

    P.S. Don't forget to have a look at the forum guidelines, too :) (Click)
  3. sharjeel New Member

    Seoul, Korea
    Pakistan, Punjabi
    >You mean "enchantress," "goddess," "princess" and the like?

    Yes, this is exactly what I mean. And yes, I am sort of making a list. I normally have to contact many a females, and calling a female beautiful have mostly turned out quite well :).
  4. Elwintee Senior Member

    London England
    England English
    Have you thought of investing in Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases? Under 'Beauty' (that is 'a beauty' in the index) you will find just what you are looking for. My edition gives 55 synonyms, including Venus and Helen of Troy, plus scorcher, lulu, femme fatale...
  5. xtrasystole

    xtrasystole Senior Member

    Well aren't you clever, sharjeel!! ;)

    In this connection I would like to ask natives if telling a girl "you are as beautiful as an 18-wheeler truck" would sound like a nice compliment? (as it does in French)
    (it's not a joke, I'm perfectly serious!)
  6. panjandrum

    panjandrum Occasional Moderator

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    Hello sharjeel, and welcome to WordReference.

    When you have been around here for a little longer you will realise that we don't deal with questions that prompt lists of words as answers. There are many other sources for this kind of information, including thesauruses as suggested already.

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