pulchritudinous ˌpəl-krə-ˈtüd-nəs adjective
: having great physical beauty (used only to describe people)
The word pulchritudinous has appeared in five articles on NYTimes.com in the past four years, including on March 30, 2017, in the theater review “Pathos Times Two: A Double Dose of Inge, in Close Quarters” by Elisabeth Vincentelli:
In “Picnic,” Hal (the likable but distractingly gym-buffed David T. Patterson) is an ebullient drifter who lands in a small Kansas town and starts doing odd jobs for Mrs. Potts (Heather MacRae). The mere presence of this pulchritudinous life force sends the local women into a spin, from a suddenly giddy Mrs. Potts to the young beauty Madge (Ginna Le Vine) to the single schoolteacher Rosemary (Emily Skinner). Even Madge’s boyfriend, Alan (Rowan Vickers), gets a touch of Hal fever.