brilliance

noun
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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France were defeated by West Germany whilst Belgium fell victim to the brilliance of Diego Maradona and Argentina. SI.com, "World Cup Preview: France vs Belgium - Recent Form, Classic Encounter, Predictions & More," 9 July 2018 The brilliance of the performance is to render Inga’s actions horrifyingly logical for someone unconstrained by the social contract. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: An Icelandic Suburb Hides Deep Dysfunction ‘Under the Tree’," 5 July 2018 Truly, the enormous breath and brilliance of his talent, one of a kind decadent good looks plus an even more so kindness of heart as well as charisma, Daniel is the new hero of K-pop! Tamar Herman, Billboard, "Wanna One Team Up With Popular Korean Singer-Songwriters for 'Undivided' EP: Watch 'Light' Music Video," 4 June 2018 Metal images tend to predominate in studies of early photography, thanks to their relative ubiquity, physical durability, and the literal brilliance of the daguerreotype and its homelier cousin the tintype. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "At Yale: on the threshold and under the volcano," 6 July 2018 Yet much of the brilliance can be traced back to the script. Keith Phipps, Vox, "Harlan Ellison wrote Star Trek’s greatest episode. He hated it.," 29 June 2018 Because gilded surfaces reflect high frequencies effectively, the ceiling’s surface treatment may also contribute to the overall brilliance of the music. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Science of Music," 15 June 2018 The Super Bowl stage was one Coryell never reached, despite the brilliance of his San Diego Chargers offenses. Tom Krasovic, sandiegouniontribune.com, "What should new San Diego football team call itself?," 29 May 2018 Those words are appropriate, but relying on them too often undersells the brilliance of Kirnon’s work. Ali Bouzari, San Francisco Chronicle, "Housemade: The science behind the skillets at Miss Ollie’s in Oakland," 16 May 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of brilliance

: great brightness

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