ef·​flo·​res·​cence | \ ˌe-flə-ˈre-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce efflorescence (audio) \

Definition of efflorescence

1a : the action or process of developing and unfolding as if coming into flower : blossoming periods of … intellectual and artistic efflorescence— Julian Huxley
b : an instance of such development
c : fullness of manifestation : culmination
2 : the period or state of flowering
3 : the process or product of efflorescing chemically

Other Words from efflorescence

efflorescent \ ˌe-​flə-​ˈre-​sᵊnt How to pronounce efflorescence (audio) \ adjective

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When Edgar Allan Poe spoke of an "efflorescence of language" in The Poetic Principle, he was referring to language that was flowery, or overly rich and colorful. This ties in to the garden roots of efflorescence, a word, like "flourish," that comes from the Latin word for "flower." More commonly, however, "efflorescence" refers to the literal or figurative act of blossoming much like a flower does. You could speak of "the efflorescence of nature in springtime," for example, or "the efflorescence of culture during the Renaissance." "Efflorescence" is also used in chemistry to refer to a process that occurs when something changes to a powder from loss of water of crystallization.

Examples of efflorescence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web First and foremost, keeping extremist politicians on the platform contributes to the efflorescence of toxicity that makes the site radioactive to potential buyers. WIRED, 8 Sep. 2022 Sidler says this can lead to efflorescence, or a build-up of minerals on the brick. Kristine Gill, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Aug. 2022 At a certain point, her efflorescence seems to depart from linear narrative, demanding a form suited to the artistic flights of the era: collage. Lauren Michele Jackson, The New Yorker, 8 Aug. 2022 But his platform is more a symptom than a cause—the latest efflorescence from a root system of distrust that has been in place for many years. Daniel Engber, The Atlantic, 10 Feb. 2022 What can explain the pattern of youthful efflorescence of talent and creativity that burns itself out so quickly, leaving the artist comparatively empty of inspiration just a decade or two later? Damon Linker, The Week, 4 Sep. 2021 The past couple of decades have produced an efflorescence of techniques for decorating sheds and mimicking nature. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 24 Nov. 2021 Painting and photography dominate, though magazines, texts, and films explore certain scenes, such as a late efflorescence of politically militant turbulence in Chicago in the nineteen-sixties. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 25 Oct. 2021 The power of human desire provides a good explanation for the Renaissance efflorescence of portraiture as a major artistic theme. Los Angeles Times, 26 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of efflorescence

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Efflorescence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/efflorescence. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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ef·​flo·​res·​cence | \ ˌef-lə-ˈres-ᵊn(t)s How to pronounce efflorescence (audio) \

Medical Definition of efflorescence

1 : the process of efflorescing also : the powder or crust so formed
2 : a redness of the skin or an eruption (as in a rash)

Other Words from efflorescence

efflorescent \ -​ᵊnt How to pronounce efflorescence (audio) \ adjective

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