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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of illume.


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  • I still admired how the yellow cabs nosed like dolphin up Sixth Avenue, but there was no electric charge in trying to hail one at rush hour -- then as now, when the 'off duty' light is inexplicably illumed -- or feeling the concrete begin to anchor my feet, Daphne-like; I was becoming a stony tree, no roots.

    Stephanie Sandberg: New Jersey State of Mind

  • The cabinetry is all chocolaty wood, the countertops a hard Formica blaze of orange, a room that seems dark even when it is blazingly illumed.

    Excerpt: The Father of All Things by Tom Bissell

  • There, also, he caught a glimpse of himself as an obscure, diaphanous man reflected on the glass; his transposed image was cast amongst the wide residential street-the adjacent and similarly designed homes, the xeriscaped lawns-backlit by a table lamp but also illumed in that frozen vapor which brightened the night, that curious downpouring which smothered the gravel-laden property and changed his Suburban Half-Ton LS from sandalwood metallic to an almost solid white.

    'The Post-War Dream'

  • The pallid ray of light illumed the car interior awash in a murky tide.

    Sonnet of the Sphinx

  • It had become very dark; suddenly a blaze of sheet lightning illumed the room.


  • I love to light upon such a one, especially after nightfall, as everything about a forge tells to most advantage at night; the hammer sounds more solemnly in the stillness; the glowing particles scattered by the strokes sparkle with more effect in the darkness, whilst the sooty visage of the sastramescro, half in shadow and half illumed by the red and partial blaze of the forge, looks more mysterious and strange.


  • The “horror of great darkness” is disturbed by voices and illumed by sights.

    Uncle Silas

  • The rough amphitheater below us was also fire-furnished, self-illumed, facing the black block at the end of everything, no wall behind it, but the open emptiness of the Pit and its singularity whence all things came.

    Prince of Chaos

  • Whose genius, like the sun, illumed the mighty realms of mind --

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 20, No. 572, October 20, 1832

  • Let us then indulge in visions of those, who, in more recent times than we have yet touched upon, -- save in one or two PILGRIMAGES, -- illumed the later days of the last century; and, brightest and purest of the galaxy was the orator, EDMUND BURKE.

    The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 2, January, 1851


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