from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A brilliant radiance.
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- n. A state of being bright and radiant, splendor, brilliance.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state of being effulgent; extreme brilliancy; a flood of light; great luster or brightness; splendor.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A shining forth, as of light; great luster or brightness; splendor: as, the effulgence of divine glory.
- n. Synonyms Brilliance, Luster, etc. See radiance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light
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
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.
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
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.
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".
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 word "effulgence" (Heb.i. 3) is a favourite word with Philo.
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:
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.
"effulgence," this word means either that which radiates out from a light or the reflection which comes back.