ef·​ful·​gence | \ i-ˈfu̇l-jən(t)s How to pronounce effulgence (audio) , e-, -ˈfəl- How to pronounce effulgence (audio) \

Definition of effulgence

: radiant splendor : brilliance

Other Words from effulgence

effulgent \ i-​ˈfu̇l-​jənt How to pronounce effulgence (audio) , e-​ , -​ˈfəl-​ \ adjective

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Apparently, English speakers first took a shine to effulgence in 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."

Examples of effulgence in a Sentence

the exceptional effulgence of the harvest moon is always a striking sight
Recent Examples on the Web Just ask Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex who took her lit-from-within skin to the next level yesterday with an ample swirl of roseate blush applied to transform her pregnancy glow into a full-on display of effulgence. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 30 Oct. 2018 One part shimmery smoky eye, one part unexpected pressing of pigment, Lopez's eyeshadow plotted with her luminous skin and swipe of pale pink lipgloss to exude effulgence. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 22 Jan. 2018 Absent from Van Noten’s three-decade career are stories of bankruptcy, strife, irresponsibility, overleverage, overexpansion, overspending or unhinged, dangerous effulgence. Hanya Yanagihara, New York Times, 16 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of effulgence

1667, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for effulgence

Late Latin effulgentia, from Latin effulgent-, effulgens, present participle of effulgēre to shine forth, from ex- + fulgēre to shine — more at fulgent

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“Effulgence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/effulgence. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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