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

  • adj. Splendid or dazzling in appearance; brilliant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Shiny and colourful, and thus pleasing to the eye.
  • adj. Exhibiting the property of resplendency in Peano arithmetic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Shining with brilliant luster; very bright.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Shining with brilliant luster; very bright; splendid.
  • In heraldry, issuing rays: said especially of the sun, sometimes of clouds. See radiant, 3.
  • Synonyms Glorious, beaming. See radiance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having great beauty and splendor


Middle English, from Old French, from Latin resplendēns, resplendent-, present participle of resplendēre, to shine brightly : re-, re- + splendēre, to shine.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the obsolete sense of the English verb splendish ("to shine"), from Latin splendere ("to shine"), or from resplend +‎ -ent, from Latin resplendere. (Wiktionary)


  • Shes talking to another woman with the same short curly brown hair, whos looking resplendent I always wanted to use the word resplendent and never had a chance before in some swaying, beaded skirt.

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  • Darth Vader is the ultimate heavy breathing villain resplendent in black.

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  • Washington (CNN) - Tables set in resplendent colors - apple green, ruby, gold - with floral arrangements of roses, hydrangeas and sweet peas in plum, purple and fuchsia awaited guests to Tuesday's White House state dinner.

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  • Behind them resplendent is the Lamb of the Apocalypse.

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  • The morning vapors were fast rolling their snowy wreaths down the opposite mountains, whose heads, shining in resplendent purple, seemed to view themselves in the bright reflections of the now smooth sea.

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  • Nature, or nature's favourite, this lovely earth, presented her most unrivalled beauties in resplendent and sudden exhibition.


  • Looking back on the incident it seems matter for yet more Homeric laughter that Richardson should have called the resplendent genius of Fielding

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  • Looking back on the incident it seems matter for yet more Homeric laughter that Richardson should have called the resplendent genius of Fielding “low.”

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  • One is rotten and the other resplendent, that is all.


  • Look on the bright side though, once those evil Toreeees get into power our screens will be 'resplendent' with lots of these tossers like Hardy, Brigstocke, Steel and co laying into the 'government' which oddly they have been reticent to do for the last, oh let me see, 12 years...



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  • The sea and fields were still, as the setting sun vied with the resplendent red garments of our ladies for favor in the eyes of all.

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  • "All around the Pope glittered the gorgeous papal court, resplendent in a variety of colors."
    - Arnaldo Cortesi, '300,000 Hail Pope at Easter Service', New York Times, 16 April 1929.

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  • having great beauty and splendor.

    October 31, 2007

  • 'honey we're all resplendent'

    -- Bill Mallonee

    March 26, 2007