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  • noun A brilliant radiance.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A shining forth, as of light; great luster or brightness; splendor: as, the effulgence of divine glory.
  • noun Synonyms Brilliance, Luster, etc. See radiance.

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  • noun The state of being effulgent; extreme brilliancy; a flood of light; great luster or brightness; splendor.

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  • noun A state of being bright and radiant, splendor, brilliance.

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  • noun the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light


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From Latin ex- ("out of, from") and fulgere ("to shine").


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  • Jiva-soul that is endued with effulgence, that is enveloped in three cases, that has three attributes for its characteristics, to be Iswara partaking of that which is foremost, viz., the nature of the Supreme

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 Books 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 Kisari Mohan [Translator] Ganguli

  • Friend may come unto His own place -- that is, the effulgence of His Names and Attributes, not His Essence (exalted is He), for that Peerless King hath been and will be holy for everlasting above ascent or descent.

    A Traveler’s Narrative 1844-1921 `Abdu'l-Bah�� 1882

  • And all this, in spite of the fact that the Epistle to the Hebrews bears upon its front the declaration that "God, who in past times spoke to the fathers through the prophets, has in these last days spoken through his Son," whom this same Epistle then proceeds to describe as the effulgence of God's glory and the very image of his substance, the Creator, Upholder, and

    A Tour of the Missions Observations and Conclusions Augustus Hopkins Strong 1878

  • Savitrimandalamadhyavartih etc. It is not the visible Sun whose disc is meant, but that pure fountain of effulgence which is inconceivable for its dazzling brightness that is implied.

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 Books 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 Kisari Mohan [Translator] Ganguli

  • In the leafy half-light, which is neither dawn nor twilight, but that reverential effulgence which is made by moonlight sifting finely through midsummer foliage, the Rothel murmured over its rocky bed; once, when in a deep pool its babble wholly ceased, an owl broke the silence with his "witti-hoo-hoo-hoo".

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller

  • Jiva, in the form of that effulgence which is called the Mind, passed many years in the practice of the severest austerities, and having succeeded in beholding Him as the reward of those penances, he praised the great God in the following terms. '

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 Books 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 Kisari Mohan [Translator] Ganguli

  • [3] The word "effulgence" (Heb.i. 3) is a favourite word with Philo.

    The Books of the New Testament Leighton Pullan 1902

  • To him a writer was a mirror, but a mirror that reflected life while adding that divine effulgence which is Art. Of him a French Romanticist still living says:

    Madame Bovary A Tale of Provincial Life Gustave Flaubert 1850

  • Yet, though the dying girl wept not herself, and though her eye had in it that glorious effulgence which is so peculiarly the attribute of the victim to the deadly form of disease under which she laboured, yet the brightness of her glance was no rebuke to the tearfulness of theirs.

    The Partisan: A Tale of the Revolution. By the Author of "The Yemassee," "Guy Rivers," &c. In Two Volumes. Vol. II 1835

  • "effulgence," this word means either that which radiates out from a light or the reflection which comes back.

    Our Man In Heaven: An Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews 1973


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    Joyce, Ulysses, 13

    January 14, 2007

  • It makes me sick!

    July 18, 2009