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Beautiful. What's the difference?
by Guest User - Sunday, 12 December 2010, 09:46 PM

Hi guys,

I was wondering what the difference is between oraia and omorphos (sorry no greek fonts yet)? Is it an animate versus inanimate thing? My flashcards just don't say. Thanks for any help.

all the best, Sarah

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Re: Beautiful. What's the difference?
by Christophe Grandsire-Koevoets - Tuesday, 14 December 2010, 04:39 AM
  Hi Sarah,

As far as I can tell, ωραίος and όμορφος are true synonyms and can be used interchangeably. I'm not aware of any real difference of meaning between the two (they can both mean "beautiful", "pretty" and "handsome").

The only exception is when they are used as adverbs. As an adverb, ωραία means "beautifully", but it can also be used as an interjection/adverb to mean "good", "OK", "well". On the other hand, όμορφα can only mean "beautifully", and as far as I know cannot be used as an interjection.
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Re: Beautiful. What's the difference?
by Guest User - Tuesday, 21 December 2010, 05:49 PM
  This summer a friend of mine explained me a subtle difference between the two: όμορφος άνθρωπος is someone beautiful, that is to say has a pleasant appearance; ωραίος άνθρωπος on the other hand has an inner beauty that comes from the face but also from the soul...
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Re: Beautiful. What's the difference?
by George Joannides - Wednesday, 19 January 2011, 08:01 PM

Hello Sarah

To put it simply ωραίος, ωραία, ωραίο mean nice and

όμορφος, όμορφη, όμορφο mean beautiful.

I hope I've been of help

George Joannides