Welcome back to our 14-part series designed to make you a master of advanced love vocabulary in English! In Part 7, we looked at vocabulary for five romantic Valentine’s Day ideas. But if gathering nosegays just isn’t your thing, never fear! Some of the most effective tools in the lover’s toolbox are words! Thoughtful, beautiful, and unique words can melt any person’s heart, if you use them sincerely. However, it’s hard to sound thoughtful, beautiful, and unique when you’re using the same words that your sweetheart has heard a thousand times before. Telling someone they’re sweet or good-looking is okay, but you can do better. In this post, we look at five romantic adjectives for paying your beloved the most memorable romantic compliments this Valentine’s Day. (Or any day!)


(Don’t worry. I’m not giving you archaic words. Every native speaker knows these, they’re just not as overused as words like ‘beautiful’ and ‘handsome’.)





1. Scintillating


If you tell someone they’re scintillating, you’re saying that they’re very clever, amusing, and interesting. This comes from the Latin word scintillare, which meant to glitter or give off sparks. So, a scintillating person is someone who is so clever, amusing, and interesting that it’s almost as if they’re giving off sparks! Neat, huh?!




Example sentence:

Ethan was known for his kindness and his scintillating wit.


wit = the ability to say or write things that are both clever and amusing


2. Effervescent


Just as scintillating gives us the image of sparks of light, effervescent makes us think of the tiny, lively bubbles in a sparkling drink. The word comes to us from the Latin verb fervere, meaning to boil.


An effervescent person is enthusiastic and full of energy, just like those lively little bubbles that jump into your nose from a glass of champagne. It is always a pleasure to be around an effervescent person.




Example sentence:

The rest of the lawyers I know have grown jaded, but Mimi is still as effervescent as a girl in the flower of youth.

BONUS VOCAB: in the flower of something

in the flower of something = (literary) in the finest or best part of something


3. Radiant


Radiant means glowing with happiness, love, or health. The Latin root of this word also gives us a beautiful image. The Latin verb radiare means to emit rays or beams (like the sun does).


People often say that someone looks radiant, looks positively radiant (= looks very radiant), or that they have a radiant smile.



Example sentence:

Darling, you look radiant.


4. Exquisite


We use exquisite in many different ways, but in the context of romantic compliments, exquisite can mean extremely beautiful or handsome. Exquisite carries the implication that every detail of the person you’re talking about is beautiful. An exquisite woman is more than just very beautiful, she’s almost like a work of art.



Example sentence:

Your husband is exquisite. He looks like he stepped out of the 1,001 Nights!


5. Dazzling


Dazzling means impressing someone very much.


Did you know that this romantic adjective also has a verb form? If you dazzle someone, you impress them very much. Like some of the words above, this one is associated with light. In a literal sense, if something dazzles you, it is so bright that you cannot see for a short time. What a beautiful image!



Example sentence:

That date went better than I could possibly have imagined. I knew she was pretty when I asked her out, but I didn’t expect to be dazzled! She’s a goddess!


I challenge you!


The next time you’re cooing in the arms of your paramour, I challenge you to use one of these romantic adjectives! Will you give it a try?


coo = to say something in a soft, quiet voice, especially to someone you love




Part 1: Vocabulary for Types of Kisses (5 words)

Part 2: Advanced English Words about Secret Meetings for Lovers (6 words)

Part 3: Quirky English Words for Lovers (6 words)

Part 4: Fun English Terms of Endearment (6 words)

Part 5: Seducer Synonyms (6 words)

Part 6: Colorful English Words for Irresistible Women (6 words)

Part 7: Advanced English Vocab for Romantic Valentine’s Day Ideas (5 words)

Part 8: Romantic English Songs for Your Valentine’s Day Playlist (no vocab, culture only)

Part 9: Affair Synonyms in English (5 words)

Part 10: Romantic Adjectives for Memorable Compliments (5 words)




Part 11: Funny English Euphemisms for Sex (5 words)

Part 12: Advanced English Words for Flirts (5 words)

Part 13: Cozy English Synonyms for ‘Cuddle’ (5 words)

Part 14: Fascinating Facts about Valentine’s Day (no vocab, culture only)




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