Word of The Day for Sunday, June 5, 2011


ef•ful•gent (ih-FUHL-juhnt, ih-FOOL-)  adj

shining brilliantly; radiant

effulgence noun;  effulgently adverb

1667; back formation from effulgence, or else from L. effulgentem (nom. effulgens), prp. of effulgere, from ex "out" + fulgere "to shine", from PIE *bhleg- "to shine, flash," from base *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn"

Synonyms: glowing, luminous, bright, brilliant, incandescent, lambent, lucent, lustrous, radiant, resplendent, shining, splendid, fulgent
Related Words: fulminate, fulgent, refulgent

Sentence Examples:
• Happily the Earl had been in Bursley all day, and had dressed at the Conservative Club; and his lordship had ordered that the programme of dances should be begun. Denry learned this as soon as he emerged, effulgent, from the gentlemen's cloak-room into the broad red-carpeted corridor which runs from end to end of the ground-floor of the Town Hall. - The Card, A Story Of Adventure In The Five Towns, Arnold Bennett

• Except for the faintest tinge of olive, her cheeks were colorless, yet they spoke of perfect health, and shone with that same pale, effulgent glow, like the reflection of a late sun. - The Net, Rex Beach

• And beholding him slain by the thunderbolt, and lying down huge as a hill, the chief of the celestials found no peace, and felt as if scorched by the effulgent appearance of the dead; for though slain, he had a blazing and effulgent appearance and looked like one alive. - The Mahaharata, Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa

Sources: WordSmith, Online Etymology

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