brilliance

noun
bril·​liance | \ ˈbril-yən(t)s How to pronounce brilliance (audio) \

Definition of brilliance

: the quality or state of being brilliant

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Examples of brilliance in a Sentence

The professor was known for his brilliance. the brilliance of a diamond

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Showing signs of brilliance in 2018, Anisimova broke into the mainstream this year by reaching the last 16 at the Australian Open, before enjoying her heroic run at Roland Garros. Ben Church, CNN, "Amanda Anisimova, 17, withdraws from US Open after her father's death," 20 Aug. 2019 Network’’ pales next to Dunaway’s icy brilliance in the role. Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "For Faye Dunaway, a return to Boston — and her roots on the stage," 13 June 2019 Historians still marvel at Tubman's brilliance in avoiding capture and her stealth. oregonlive, "Harriet Tubman won’t replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill next year," 22 May 2019 That made the scoreline more indicative of the play on the field, although Pulisic provided moments of individual brilliance while doing his best to keep the U.S. in the game. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Soccer! Loss to Mexico shows U.S. men’s team still has a long way to go," 10 Sep. 2019 Chun hired Lane Kiffin at Florida Atlantic, which would not be a good move at USC but was a stroke of brilliance at FAU. Jon Wilner, Orange County Register, "USC needs an athletic director: 6 potential candidates," 9 Sep. 2019 Chun hired Lane Kiffin at Florida Atlantic, which would not be a good move at USC but was a stroke of brilliance at FAU. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "USC needs an athletic director: The Hotline is here to help," 9 Sep. 2019 Chun hired Lane Kiffin at Florida Atlantic, which would not be a good move at USC but was a stroke of brilliance at FAU. Jon Wilner, The Denver Post, "USC needs an athletic director: 6 potential candidates, including a pair from Colorado," 9 Sep. 2019 Fantasy football is sometimes a game not of individual brilliance but of volume. New York Times, "One Place Running Backs Still Rule: Fantasy Football," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of brilliance

1748, in the meaning defined above

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brilliance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of brilliance

: the quality or state of being brilliant

brilliance

noun
bril·​liance | \ ˈbril-yəns How to pronounce brilliance (audio) \

Kids Definition of brilliance

: great brightness

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