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2 standing above others in rank, importance, or achievement
  • some of the most luminous writers in the nation's history have graced that magazine's pages

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3 not subject to misinterpretation or more than one interpretation
  • an author with a simple, luminous prose style that is free of affectation and pretention

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How does the adjective luminous differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of luminous are bright, brilliant, lustrous, and radiant. While all these words mean "shining or glowing with light," luminous implies emission of steady, suffused, glowing light by reflection or in surrounding darkness.

When is it sensible to use bright instead of luminous?

In some situations, the words bright and luminous are roughly equivalent. However, bright implies emitting or reflecting a high degree of light.

When is brilliant a more appropriate choice than luminous?

Although the words brilliant and luminous have much in common, brilliant implies intense often sparkling brightness.

When can lustrous be used instead of luminous?

While the synonyms lustrous and luminous are close in meaning, lustrous stresses an even, rich light from a surface that reflects brightly without glittering.

In what contexts can radiant take the place of luminous?

The words radiant and luminous are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, radiant stresses the emission or seeming emission of rays of light.

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The first known use of luminous was in the 15th century

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“Luminous.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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