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nimbus

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1 a special quality or impression associated with something
  • fans are inevitably disappointed when the nimbus of glamour about their favorite celebrity turns out to be an illusion

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2 an artistic rendering of radiant light around the head or body of a sacred personage
  • the nimbi for the sculpted figures around the exterior of the church are simple disks about the saints' heads

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The first known use of nimbus was in 1606

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“Nimbus.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/nimbus. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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