I need a word that means "evil" and "beautiful" at the same time

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  1. Chris_KW

    Chris_KW Registered User

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    I'm describing an evil woman's wickedly-attractive face.

    I've come across:

    devilish
    seductive
    seductively sharp

    AND THAT'S IT! :confused: I'm stumped.


    I'd go with devilish, but the problem is, in the next chapter, I use the world angelic to describe a different female's face. It would seem cliche if two females in my book are polar opposites in their facial appearance. I could always change the second one and go with devilish ...

    But there must be a word!
     
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  2. zachariah

    zachariah Speaks fluent Bawehrf

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    It doesn't have to be a single word. You can re-structure the sentence to contain two adjectives, and I'm pretty sure the writing Gods will not fire lightning at you.
     
  3. Igor

    Igor Ze vriter

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    Succubus.
    Igor
     
  4. Taramoc

    Taramoc Author and Game Designer

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    Tantalizing maybe?
     
  5. PeterWilliam

    PeterWilliam Omnibus Prime

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    Hmmm, maybe:

    • lenocinant
    • sinistral

    That's the best I could find.
     
  6. KatG

    KatG The Bony Hand of Death Staff Member

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    Diamond, glittering or fey (which means strange beauty and thus potentially dangerous) might work. Jade is a word used for it, and Pandora was the "beautiful evil" as myth. Bawdy beauty sort of works but does not contain much menace.
     
  7. SilentDan

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    Oooh, good looking evil? Nice. You don't see enough of that - in fantasy anyway, if Limyaael has anything to say about (she really does).

    Are you going for ethereal goddess? Porcelain doll?

    "Wickedly beautiful" is the best I can come up with. "Dangerous" maybe.
     
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    Obscenely alluring,
    charnelly resplendent,
    alluring decadence,

    I could not turn away from the obscenely raw sexuality brazenly reflected by the charnel hunger in her eyes. I could see her lust to devour my innocence barely held in check by the demure smile beckoning me closer. My body moved slowly towards her of its own volition, oblivious to the clamoring bells in my head. A random idea tugged at the edge of my conscious thoughts, "so this is how the fly feels as he strides into the parlour".
     
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  9. Nyx720

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    Devilish doesn't necessarily mean beautiful, and seductive doesn't necessarily mean evil (or beautiful either actually, although it implies beauty i suppose). Just switch things around a bit and use more than one word, 'devilishly beautiful' sounds good to me. Honestly this doesn't really sound like a problem that warrants its own thread:p
     
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    In the past I have described something as Hauntingly beautiful.

    or perhaps just Haunting.. as in, her Haunting eyes.
     
  11. Chris_KW

    Chris_KW Registered User

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    Thanks, everyone! I'm going to try devilishly beautiful for now. I'm not sold on it, but I think it works.
     
  12. KatG

    KatG The Bony Hand of Death Staff Member

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    Do you have a devil in the world?
     
  13. Chris_KW

    Chris_KW Registered User

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    Yep. Devils, circles of hell, whole nine yards.