effulgence

noun ef·ful·gence \ i-ˈfu̇l-jən(t)s , e- , -ˈfəl- \

Definition of effulgence

: radiant splendor : brilliance

effulgent

play \i-ˈfu̇l-jənt, e-, -ˈfəl-\ adjective

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Examples of effulgence in a Sentence

  1. the exceptional effulgence of the harvest moon is always a striking sight

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

Origin and Etymology of 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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