American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Shining brilliantly; resplendent. See Synonyms at bright.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Shining; bright; splendid; diffusing a flood of light.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Diffusing a flood of light; shining; luminous; beaming; bright; splendid.
- adj. radiating or as if radiating light
- From Latin effulgēns ("glittering, flashing"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin effulgēns, effulgent-, present participle of effulgēre, to shine out : ex-, ex- + fulgēre, to shine; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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!”
“My inner Spike fangirl is squeeing because David said "effulgent" as if it were a perfectly ordinary word.”
“So am I the only here who doesn't know what "effulgent" means?”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“From out of her corpulence, rose an effulgent girl in purple, spinning and spinning with brown hair.”
“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.”
“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.”
“You are now the same in essence as the effulgent divines whose sacred forms you adore in mystic meditation.”
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