from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Shining brilliantly; resplendent. synonym: bright.
  • adjective Showing or expressing vitality, love, or joy.
  • adjective Splendid; wonderful.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Shining; bright; splendid; diffusing a flood of light.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Diffusing a flood of light; shining; luminous; beaming; bright; splendid.

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  • adjective Shining, resplendent, radiant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective radiating or as if radiating light


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin effulgēns, effulgent-, present participle of effulgēre, to shine out : ex-, ex- + fulgēre, to shine; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin effulgēns ("glittering, flashing").


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  • My "Sunday-best" word is "effulgent" - I use it socially by saying to a lady I am meeting for the first time: "You look effulgent tonight!" - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • My inner Spike fangirl is squeeing because David said "effulgent" as if it were a perfectly ordinary word.

    Russell and David Interview

  • So am I the only here who doesn't know what "effulgent" means?

    Cleaning Up The Mess

  • One can always count on Elkin to take figurative language to comedic excess ( "being's effulgent Maginot Line"), demonstrating both his own mastery of the technique and his inability to employ it with a straight face.

    Style in Fiction

  • Betting the knight, his money on the armor, the intricate chain mail like wire net or metal scrim, being's effulgent Maginot line, his stake on the weighted mace and plate mittens, on the hinged couters and poleyns, on vambrace and cuisee and greave, banging the breast-plate and all the jewelry of battle for timbre and pitch like a jerk slamming doors and kicking tires in a used car lot.

    Style in Fiction

  • I catch just one gaze on your effulgent expression, that slight lean of the head, and I see Botticelli's Aphrodite, that same mask of immaculateness beaming like a morning.

    To A Christmas Angel, a triptych

  • The two younger men found a fishing boat that was lying on the pebbles, and tried to row it out over the effulgent firefly soup of the lake.

    Songs of Love & Death

  • The two younger men found a fishing boat that was lying on the pebbles, and tried to row it out over the effulgent firefly soup of the lake.

    Songs of Love & Death

  • When the time came, Shri Krishna appeared standing and effulgent in his Bhagavan form and told his parents that the Supreme Being had just appeared as their baby son.

    Spiritual Teachings of the Avatar

  • From out of her corpulence, rose an effulgent girl in purple, spinning and spinning with brown hair.

    Magic X


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  • Male Partygoer (reading William's poetry):

    My heart expands

    'tis grown a bulge in't

    inspired by

    your beauty effulgent. Effulgent?

    2nd Male Partygoer: And that's actually one of his better compositions.

    Female Partygoer: Have you heard? They call him William the Bloody because of his bloody awful poetry!

    - Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Fool for Love"

    July 2, 2007

  • There's a great nod to that in the series finale of Angel, Spike recites it at a poetry slam.

    August 16, 2007

  • Oh yeah, I forgot about that - it was brilliant.

    August 17, 2007

  • "Presently the days grew shorter and at the moment when I entered the room the violet sky seemed branded with the stiff, geometrical, fleeting, effulgent figure of the sun (like the representation of some miraculous sign, of some mystical apparition) lowering over the sea on the edge of the horizon like a sacred picture over a high altar, and while the different parts of the western sky exposed in the glass fronts of the low mahogany bookcases that ran along the walls, which I carried back in my mind to the marvellous painting from which they had been detached, seemed like those different scenes executed long ago for a confraternity by some old master on a reliquary, whose separate panels are now exhibited side by side in a gallery, so that the visitor's imagination alone can restore them to their place on the predella of the reredos."

    -- Within a Budding Grove by Marcel Proust, translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin, Revised by D.J. Enright, pp 522-523 of the Modern Library paperback edition

    April 26, 2008

  • resplendent, radiant F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise, Amory in relation to Clara

    May 2, 2008

  • Spike used this word in a Buffy episode when he was human and aspiring to be a poet.

    June 5, 2012

  • That is hardly surprising, dailyword. This is a word that a lot of aspiring poets use when they are human.

    June 5, 2012

  • The best part about that episode is that Cecily is played by the same actor who plays Halfrek later on in the series.

    June 5, 2012