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Gender UsagePlay
Mostly used for men, but can describe women in a dignified or noble context. SlideThe portrait showed a handsome woman of notable poise.
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Refined AttractivenessPlay
Suggests a classic, timeless kind of beauty rather than trendy good looks. SlideHis handsomeness had an old-world charm to it.
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Not Just PhysicalPlay
Can refer to appealing characteristics beyond physical traits, like demeanor. SlideHis generous spirit made him particularly handsome.