refulgence

noun re·ful·gence \ ri-ˈfu̇l-jən(t)s , -ˈfəl- \

Definition of refulgence

: a radiant or resplendent quality or state : brilliance

refulgent

play \ri-ˈfu̇l-jənt, -ˈfəl-\ adjective

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Examples of refulgence in a Sentence

  1. the refulgence of a full moon on a clear autumn night

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The full bow of the crescent moon peeps above the plain and shoots its gleaming arrows far and wide, filling the earth with a faint refulgence, as the glow of a good man's deeds shines for a while upon his little world after his sun has set, lighting the fainthearted travellers who follow on towards a fuller dawn. So British author Sir Henry Rider Haggard described the light of the moon in King Solomon's Mines. Haggard's example reflects both the modern meaning and the history of refulgence. That word derives from Latin refulgēre, which means "to shine brightly" and which is itself a descendant of the verb fulgēre, meaning "to shine." By the way, fulgēre also underlies effulgence, a shining synonym of refulgence.

Origin and Etymology of refulgence

Latin refulgentia, from refulgent-, refulgens, present participle of refulgēre to shine brightly, from re- + fulgēre to shine — more at fulgent


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