Definition of fulgent
: dazzlingly bright : radiant
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Examples of fulgent in a sentence
a fulgent sun peeked from behind the clouds
Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of fulgent
Middle English, from Latin fulgent-, fulgens, present participle of fulgēre to shine; akin to Latin flagrare to burn — more at black
First Known Use: 15th century
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