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- adj. Literally illuminating; providing light.
- adj. Figuratively illuminating; offering insight.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Giving light; affording light or means of discovery.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Giving light; affording light or means of discovery.
- In entomology, having phosphorescent organs: applied to insects which emit light, as the glow-worm.
- [capitalized] Of or pertaining to Lucifer or Satan; Luciferian; Satanic.
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Lord Cromer was never tired of quoting what, in Bacon's phrase, he would call "luciferous" stories, to illustrate the folly of the administrator who thrusts physical improvements or the devices of
Looking directly into his luciferous splendor was painful, so she averted her eyes downward, toward his incandescent but wavering reflection on the ponds surface.
His luciferous raiment unraveled as well, flinging away his folk of sea and coastline and forest.
Lord Cromer was never tired of quoting what, in Bacon's phrase, he would call “luciferous” stories, to illustrate the folly of the administrator who thrusts physical improvements or the devices of European enlightenment upon the unwilling Oriental solely because they are good per se, or economical, or will make the governed richer or cleverer or happier.
I remember a luciferous story which was told to me by Colonel John Hay to illustrate the frenzy of party.
"This view of the source of light, as respects the existence of the luciferous element throughout space, accords with the Mosaic account of creation, in so far as that light is described as having been created in the first instance before the sun was called forth."
Indeed, to such as live on the uplands of speculation, not only is the process lucid in itself, but it is luciferous, illuminating all the obscure hiding-places of Nature.
Further, assuming this luciferous element to be not equally diffused through space, we find a reason why in some ages of the earth's history the heat should have been greater than at others, why stars have been seen to vary in brightness, and why there was that puzzle to geologists -- a glacial period.
In youth the impressions of sorrow are fleeting and evanescent as 'the vapery sail,' that momentarily o'ershadows the luciferous orb of even, vanishes and leaves her disc untarnished in its lustre: so may it be with you -- may the gloom of this moment, like the elemental prototype, be but the precursor of reappearing radiance undimmed by the transitory shadow.
But of this, and of the Experiment of the Rosemary, I shall elsewhere more fully consider, seeming to me an extreme luciferous Experiment, such as seems indeed very plainly to prove the _Schematism_ or structure of