bril·​liance | \ˈbril-yən(t)s \

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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Both Brazil and France are the only two superpowers to have so far combined the two opposing approaches, of tactical resoluteness and hard work, and of technical brilliance and star quality, and successfully merged the two as a winning formula., "Quality vs Fire: Why Uruguay's Clash With France Could Indicate How the World Cup Will Be Won," 4 July 2018 Zimmer capped off his talk by saying that surveys of Lyft users prove his point and brilliance. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "The Future is Not in the Past | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 20 Jan. 2018 Photo: Elise Amendola/Associated Press Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. homered off Jansen with two outs in the eighth, silencing the crowd of 53,114 and rendering Buehler’s brilliance irrelevant. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Dodgers Beat Red Sox, Eventually, in Longest-Ever World Series Game," 27 Oct. 2018 Clemens’s brilliance as a writer was nearly matched by his financial ineptitude. Richard Gunderman, Smithsonian, "For Mark Twain, It Was Love At First Sight," 13 Feb. 2018 Again, the extent of the positive descriptions of Trump are above; Miller, given the opportunity to describe Trump’s brilliance, told the same story about changing a speech twice. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "This is the best argument to be made for Trump's political greatness?," 8 Jan. 2018 In another fortuitous turn of affordable fashion brilliance, Prada is launching light, perfect-for-summer tote bags. Dawn Spinner Davis, Harper's BAZAAR, "B.Y.O. Bags By Prada," 3 June 2010 Her selfless brilliance had somehow gone wholly unacknowledged. Sam Walker, WSJ, "Now on Broadway: SpongeBob ChauvinistPants," 11 July 2018 Lukaku knew the script, but his brilliance was to understand that in soccer the script unfolding in your mind often doesn’t work out on the pitch. Laurent Dubois, The Atlantic, "The Improbable Beauty of Lukaku’s Hop," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of brilliance

1748, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of brilliance

: the quality or state of being brilliant


bril·​liance | \ˈbril-yəns \

Kids Definition of brilliance

: great brightness

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