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I want to know the differences among those words: Cute, adorable, lovely, pretty, beautiful, charming, attractive, handsome? "Cute, adorable, lovely, pretty" seem to be similar for me; "Pretty, beautiful, charming, attractive" seem to be similar for me. In addition, if i say 'this boy is cute', comparing this to 'This boy is handsome', what's the difference? Which word describe 'inside' of a person, which word describe appearance of a person?

I know it would be hard to explain, but i really hope you can give me some hints. Truly appreciate your replies.
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Great question!

You're correct that all of these words have the same general meaning but different connotations. I will tell you what these words mean to me but not everyone interprets these words in the same way. The differences between many of these words are how "baby-ish," "feminine," or "masculine" they are.

An object, like the sunset or a house, is more likely to be: beautiful, lovely, or attractive

A baby kitten or puppy-dog is more likely to be: cute, adorable, or pretty.

A kitten or puppy will not be: charming or handsome.

A young girl might be: cute, adorable, pretty, lovely, or beautiful

A grown woman might be: lovely, pretty, beautiful, attractive, or charming

A girl or woman is never handsome.

A boy can be: cute, adorable, lovely, or handsome

A grown man might be: attractive, charming, or handsome.

Boys and men are usually not called: lovely, pretty, or beautiful.

"In addition, if i say 'this boy is cute', comparing this to 'This boy is handsome', what's the difference?"

Cute is more dainty, precious, amusing, or childish. This picture is very cute. [url=]Click here[/url] Handsome is more healthy, strong, and well-built. This picture is very handsome. [url=]Click here[/url]

"Which word describe 'inside' of a person, which word describe appearance of a person?"

All of the words, except charming, can be used both ways.

Better for personality: Charming, adorable, attractive
Better for looks: Cute, beautiful, pretty
See this one too:

Beautiful X handsome
Beautiful X handsome
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Handsome and beautiful can be applied to anyone. There are many women who are handsome but not "beautiful" [Jamie Curtis is handsome rather than beautiful, whereas Julia Roberts is definitely beautiful] ; there are many men who are beautiful, though it could be said that there is a degree of effeminacy in the looks.

Never say never - it is dangerous to try and make description an absolute.
If I went up to a woman and said, "You look handsome," she'd assume I was insulting her.

I said in my original response that I was stating my opinion. As such, I fail to see how it's "dangerous" or "absolute."
M. Caliban If I went up to a woman and said, "You look handsome," she'd assume I was insulting her.
Are you talking US or UK?
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United States. Is it different in the UK?
The hansome debate for women exists nicely in an existing thread, cited and linked to above. Let's not have it again.

I don't agree that using handsome for a woman is insulting, although usually you don't say it to her directly - you'd say "She's a handsome woman." It has a rather dated feel, but it's certainly not a "never" situation.
Thanks you guys' replies. I have a question: do "cute, adorable and lovely" usually describe little tiny things whic is really CUTE? like a baby, a little boy? but in my real life, my friend once saw a guy maybe around 17 year-old and he is muscular. she was like: He is cute. but i think maybe you should use 'handsome', i just don't feel like 'cute' is the word to describe that! In my opinion, i feel like pretty and beautiful may different from 'cute, adorable and lovely', for instance, this woman is beautiful, it more tends to attractive. I am not sure if 'lovely' is the same as the other two.
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