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100 Words for Lovers

Spark the interest of that special someone as you share the intimacies and passion of 100 Words for Lovers. Words used by famous lovers and writers, such as amorous and alluring, beguiling and bewitching, describe the most torrid affairs of the heart, the most tender of romantic feelings, the most intimate, vulnerable moments.

Illustrated by quotations from poetry, fiction, movie and television scripts that show lovers showering attention, tortured by infatuation, star-crossed and full of ardor, 100 Words for Lovers will entrance anyone with the least inclination for romance.



Here is a complete list of the words in 100 Words for Lovers:


adore
affair
affection
alluring
amorous
ardor
assignation
attentions
beloved
besotted
bewitching
billet-doux
bliss
blush
buss
callipygian
canoodle
caress
charm
chaste
clandestine
comely
companionship
conjugal
constant
coy
crush
cute
dalliance
desire
dishabille
ecstasy
embrace
enamor
enchant
entrance
entreaty
erotic
escort
flame
fling
flirt
fluster
gallant
heartthrob
idolize
illicit
inamorata
infatuation
inflame
intimate
intoxicating
jealousy
jilt
kiss
languor
liaison
love
lurid
luscious
lustrous
osculation
palpitate
passion
pine
pulchritude
randy
rapturous
ravish
requite
romance
seductive
sensual
serenade
smitten
soulmate
spurn
star-crossed
succumb
sultry
sweetheart
swoon
sympathy
tenderness
throb
titillate
torch
torrid
transfigure
transport
trifle
troth
tryst
voluptuous
vow
wanton
win
woo
yearn
zaftig


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