ful·​gent | \ ˈfu̇l-jənt How to pronounce fulgent (audio) , ˈfəl- How to pronounce fulgent (audio) \

Definition of fulgent

: dazzlingly bright : radiant

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Other Words from fulgent

fulgently adverb

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The weary Sun betook himself to rest; - / Then issued Vesper from the fulgent west. That's how the appearance of the evening star in the glowing western sky at sunset looked to 19th-century poet William Wordsworth. Fulgent was a particularly apt choice to describe the radiant light of the sky at sunset. The word derives from the Latin verb fulgēre, meaning "to shine," a root which is itself akin to the Latin flagrare, meaning "to burn." English speakers have been using fulgent to depict resplendence since at least the 15th century.

Examples of fulgent in a Sentence

a fulgent sun peeked from behind the clouds

First Known Use of fulgent

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fulgent

Middle English, from Latin fulgent-, fulgens, present participle of fulgēre to shine; akin to Latin flagrare to burn — more at black entry 1

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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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