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effulgence

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noun ef·ful·gence \i-ˈfu̇l-jən(t)s, e-, -ˈfəl-\

Definition of effulgence

  1. :  radiant splendor :  brilliance

ef·ful·gent play \-jənt\ adjective


Examples of effulgence

  1. <the exceptional effulgence of the harvest moon is always a striking sight>



Origin of effulgence

Late Latin effulgentia, from Latin effulgent-, effulgens, present participle of effulgēre to shine forth, from ex- + fulgēre to shine — more at fulgent


First Known Use: 1667


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