Beautiful Words in Greek

Hello! Welcome to our collection of beautiful Greek words.

There are many lovely sounding Greek words for you to look at here – from meaningful words about life and experience to lighter, cheerful adjectives. There are some beautiful Greek words for emotions and situations that don’t exist in English, which made this list particularly interesting to curate. We hope that you find this list useful and that you find the word that you’re looking for.

Before we dive in, let’s take a quick look at why you’d want to have a look at a list of beautiful Greek words.If you’re playing an online word game, you might find it useful to have these cultural words that others don’t. It may also help with your creative pursuits – whether you’re writing poetry, lyrics, stories, or articles, you might find yourself needing a word that we don’t have in English.

Greek is part of the Indo-European family of languages, with the longest documented history of any living Indo-European language – 34 centuries of written records. Many foundational academic texts in science, maths and logic (including Western philosophy) use Greek, which is also the official language of both Greece and Cyprus. Since Greek is spoken by at least 13.2 million people today, it’s a great language to learn and to have an interest in.

If this list has got you interested in other beautiful words in Greek and you’d like to have a deeper look at what this language has to offer, Duolingo has plenty of great lessons to educate you and keep you interested. Aside from being generally helpful in everyday speech and use, these beautiful words can be great to use in creative expressions like stories and poems, or competitive endeavours like group games or spelling bees, and can help you out when you’re travelling too.

List of Beautiful Words in Greek

  • nepenthe (n.) a thing that helps you forget suffering, trauma or grief.
  • hypnagogia (n.) the process of the consciousness waking from sleep.
  • efharisto (n.) thank you.
  • paracosm (n.) an imaginary world that exists in your mind.
  • petrichor (adj.) how the earth smells after a bout of rain.
  • eudaimonia (n.) being happy and healthy in mind, body and spirit – “human flourishing”.
  • mythopoeic (adj.) causing or resulting in the creation of myths.
  • palimpsest (n.) a manuscript page that has been washed off and refreshed so that it can be used anew.
  • filoxenia (v.) hospitality; literally translates to “being a friend to strangers”.
  • ataraxia (n.) the true peace, happiness and tranquillity that is derived from understanding one’s place in life and the universe and being unconcerned with external influences.
  • ginete (v.) referring to a thing’s possibility; a way to say that something is in the process of becoming.
  • psychopomp (n.) literally translates to “guide of souls”. a being who leads spirits between worlds.
  • oneiromancy (v.) divining the future through dream interpretation.
  • irida (n.) the goddess of rainbows. the word from which “iridescent” is derived.
  • eftihia (n.) happiness, contentment.
  • elpida (n.) hope. comes from elpis, the personification of hope in greek mythology.
  • eonia (n.) an eternity.
  • filotimo (n.) prioritising the greater good or the interests of others before your own; an attitude of honourable self-sacrifice.
  • philotimo (n.) translates to “love of honour”. philotimo is thought of as the most valued of all Greek virtues, the highest standard of family and social living that one can hope to attain. very basically, it means to “do good”. considered to be a way of life rather than a single action or personality trait.
  • filia (n.) an affectionate way to say goodbye; translates to “kisses”.
  • agapi (n.) an affectionate, intimate love that isn’t necessarily romantic.
  • psyhi (n.) the word from which “psyche” is derived, psyhi means spirit.
  • charmolipi (n.) similar to our word “bittersweet” – a feeling of both sorrow and joy, or having mixed and seemingly opposite feelings about something.
  • filakia (n.) related to filia (the above word) – another loving way to say goodbye. translates to “little kisses”.
  • kalopsia (n.) an incorrect illusion or perception of things being better than they actually are.
  • kefi (v.) cheerfulness, joviality.
  • armenizo (n.) refers to the movement of waves, both literally and metaphorically.
  • arete (n.) referring generally to excellence; to living up to one’s potential.
  • kalon (n.) beauty that is meaningful; more than skin-deep.
  • nemophilist (n.) a person who frequents the woods to enjoy solitude and peace.
  • psithurism (n.) the sound of rustling leaves.
  • kairos (n.) the perfect time; the most opportune, but delicate and fleeting moment.
  • chtonic (adj.) a word that refers to earth; the rich interior of soil, rather than the surface. speaks both of fertility and graves.
  • zoe (n.) vitality
  • palinoia (n.) the determined repetition of something until it’s perfect.
  • chimerical (adj.) wildly creative; visionary.
  • eunoia (n.) a healthy mind; beautiful thinking.
  • aletheia (n.) the state of “not being hidden”.
  • peratzatha (v.) people-watching.
  • zenosyne (n.) the feeling that time is continually speeding up.
  • elysian (n.) divinely creative or inspired.
  • eleftheria (n.) an unthinking freedom.
  • hierosgamos (n.) a union of opposites.
  • meraki (n.) an intense love, enjoyment and fulfilment that one gets from their work. to “put a part of your soul” into your work.
I hope you found this list of beautiful words in Greek a useful read. Compiling this list was interesting and educational, and of course there were plenty of beautiful words that unfortunately couldn’t quite make the cut – so if reading this list of beautiful words in Greek has got you interested in reading more about other Greek words, you can find other great collections at Quora or Tumblr. Also, since I was the only one curating and editing this list of beautiful words, I had to depend on my personal sense of judgement and aesthetics, so if you disagree with any of my choices in this list of nice words, please get in contact and let me know!

These beautiful Greek words were picked out from various websites and blogs, including Reddit, Quora, Pinterest and Tumblr. If there are other Greek words that you’d like to see here (or a different language or word list you’d like to see on this website), leave a comment and let us know! While I do look at websites, books, articles and lyrics for inspiration with these beautiful words, I write all of the meanings myself – so if you see anything on the internet that looks a little too similar to what we have here, let us know as it’s unintentional and I’d love to be able to fix it.

As always, if you see anything that needs to be corrected, edited, updated or removed, let me know! We’re do try to be as careful and accurate as possible, but that can be difficult with other languages so collaborative help is always appreciated. Get in contact and we’ll sort things out as quick as we can.

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