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adj. hand·som·er, hand·som·est
a. Pleasing in form or appearance, especially having strong or distinguished features: a handsome man; a woman with a handsome face.
b. Having stately or attractive proportions or appearance; impressive: a handsome manor; a sleek, handsome car. See Synonyms at beautiful.
2. Large in amount or measure; generous or considerable: a handsome reward; won by a handsome margin.
3. Marked by or requiring skill or dexterity: did some handsome maneuvers on the skating rink.
4. Appropriate or fitting: a handsome location for the new school.

[Middle English handsom, handy : hand, hand (from Old English) + -som, n. suff.; see -some1.]

hand′some·ly adv.
hand′some·ness n.
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Noun1.handsomeness - the quality of having regular well-defined features (especially of a man)
beauty - the qualities that give pleasure to the senses
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(= good looks)gutes Aussehen; (of animal, thing)Schönheit f; (= elegance)Eleganz f; (= imposing nature)Stattlichkeit f
(= generosity, of profit, return, increase, salary) → Ansehnlichkeit f; (of reward)Großzügigkeit f
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(ˈhӕnsəm) adjective
1. (usually of men) good-looking. a handsome prince.
2. very large; generous. He gave a handsome sum of money to charity.
ˈhandsomely adverb
ˈhandsomeness noun
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References in classic literature ?
It was fresh--the smoke-curing had just begun--and, save for the closed eyes, all the sullen handsomeness and animal virility of the boy, as Joan had known it, was still to be seen in the monstrous thing that twisted and dangled in the eddying smoke.
She stopped a yard from her boy and made two or three admiring exclamations over his manly stature and general handsomeness, and Tom put an arm under his head and hoisted a leg over the sofa back in order to look properly indifferent.
She loved that sullen handsomeness that made him look so boyish, and, laughing and kissing him, she forced him into a chair, got off his coat, and unbuttoned shirt and undershirt and turned them in.
The girl voted most unpopular in the agency, played by Daisy Haggard, is appointed Head Of Handsomeness, banishing all ugly employees to the boiler room, ensuring that clients meet only the best-looking staffin the "corridor of beauty".
While that is the ultimate ideal it can be greatly helped by the way in which the town operates, its appearance, its facilities, its ease and the way it can stimulate, by offering attractions as well as consistent handsomeness.
Tonight Charlie'd actually forgot his Hollywood handsomeness. Face caked green, the guy looked like some Fiji headhunter, especially once in my boat.
There was no doubting Best's footballing genius, charisma nor handsomeness. In an era when most footballers were conformists, he broke the mould.
Teacher was immediately struck by the handsomeness of this intelligent boy, while the rest of the kids found something oddly familiar about him.
because of the germ of truth, or of plausibility his new 'science drew upon: the instinct, at its basis erotic or libidinal, to read health and vigour as virtue, to see handsomeness as integrity" (163).
The woman in the dress made from scraps of sacking, the young scruffy man whose handsomeness indicts anyone who would dare notice it: the context turned them into curiosities.
"The Photogenic" is not about fashion models or other young-thing handsomeness; it is about photography in not entirely photographic art.
John Hancock brought tonal solidity, refined musicality and perhaps a little too much handsomeness and charm to the role of Albert, while Anna Vikre was a bright songbird as Sophie.