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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

effulgent play \-jənt\ adjective


Examples of effulgence in a sentence

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



Did You Know?

Apparently, English speakers first took a shine to "effulgence" in the middle of the 17th century; that's when the word was first used in print in our language. Effulgence derives from the Latin verb fulgēre, which means "to shine." "Fulgēre" is also the root of "fulgent," a synonym of "radiant" that English speakers have used since the 15th century. Another related word, "refulgence," is about 30 years older than "effulgence." "Refulgence" carries a meaning similar to "effulgence" but sometimes goes further by implying reflectivity, as in "the refulgence of the knight’s gleaming armor."

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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