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.
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.
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.
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