Related forms
ex·pen·sive·ly, adverb
ex·pen·sive·ness, noun
qua·si-ex·pen·sive, adjective
qua·si-ex·pen·sive·ly, adverb
Can be confused:expansive, expensive (see synonym note at the current entry).
Synonyms Expensive, costly, dear, high-priced apply to something that is high in price. Expensive is applied to whatever entails considerable expense; it suggests a price more than the average person would normally be able to pay or a price paid only for something special: an expensive automobile. Costly implies that the price is a large sum, usually because of the fineness, preciousness, etc., of the object: a costly jewel. Dear is commonly applied in England to something that is selling beyond its usual or just price. In the U.S., high-priced is the usual equivalent.
Antonyms cheap, low-priced. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
beauti·ful·ly adv.
beauti·ful·ness n.
Synonyms: beautiful, lovely, pretty, handsome, comely, fair1
All these adjectives apply to what excites aesthetic admiration. Beautiful is most comprehensive: a beautiful child; a beautiful painting; a beautiful mathematical proof.
Lovely applies to what inspires emotion rather than intellectual appreciation: "They were lovely, your eyes" (George Seferis).
What is pretty is beautiful in a delicate or graceful way: a pretty face; a pretty song; a pretty room.
Handsome stresses poise and dignity of form and proportion: a very large, handsome paneled library. "She is very pretty, but not so extraordinarily handsome" (William Makepeace Thackeray).
Comely suggests wholesome physical attractiveness: "Mrs. Hurd is a large woman with a big, comely, simple face" (Ernest Hemingway).
Fair emphasizes freshness or purity: "In the highlands, in the country places,/Where the old plain men have rosy faces,/And the young fair maidens/Quiet eyes" (Robert Louis Stevenson).