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

  • adj. Shining brilliantly; radiant: "tower searchlights . . . as fulgent as half a billion candles” ( Nicholas Proffitt).

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  • adj. Shining brilliantly; radiant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Exquisitely bright; shining; dazzling; effulgent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Shining; very bright; dazzling.
  • In heraldry, having rays, as a star or sun.

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  • adj. shining intensely


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

Middle English, from Latin fulgēns, fulgent-, present participle of fulgēre, to flash, shine; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots.

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Middle English, from Latin fulgens.


  • These from the scabrous canvas of fulgent wastrels and transcendental madmen.

    Vacuum City

  •  He told of the wilting heat, the fulgent landscape, the people.

    Ain't Comin' Back

  • In contrast, a pedant is a supercilious show-off who drops references to Sophocles and masks his shallowness by using words like “fulgent” and “supercilious.”

    Amen to intellectualism!

  • OK I've been known to drop ambivalent, but I have never said fulgent or supercilious!

    Amen to intellectualism!

  • Uncharacteristically, he summoned his imagination instead, painting an ecstatic vision of the village under a fulgent canopy of stars and a crescent moon.

    Van Gogh's Transcendent Vision

  • Dum vaga passim sidera fulgent, numerat longas tetricus horas, et sollicito nixus cubito suspirando viscera rumpit.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • In her good - tempered moments, is it not as full of lazy softness as in her brief fits of anger it is fulgent with quick-flashing fire?

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • The world had lost all form and definition; solid color without shadow or shape spilled across the landscape in two hues: blue, rich, vibrant, startling blue sky unbroken by a single wisp of cloud; and white, blinding white snow reflecting a fulgent late morning sun.

    The Mammoth Hunters

  • There was a light in her eyes, akin to the one seen in that moment just before a fulgent sun crosses the eastern horizon.

    The Kaisho

  • A white brooch of [1] silvered bronze or of [1] white silver incrusted with burnished gold over his fair white breast, as if it were a full-fulgent lantern that eyes of men could not behold [LL. fo.79a.] for its resplendence and crystal shining.

    The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Táin Bó Cúalnge


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