- great brightness; luster: the brilliance of a fine diamond.
- excellence or distinction; conspicuous talent, mental ability, etc.
- splendor, elegance, or magnificence: the brilliance of the court of Louis XIV.
- Optics. that luminance of a body consisting of its saturation and brightness.
Origin of brilliance
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1. radiance, effulgence, refulgence. 2. illustriousness, preeminence; genius.
1, 2. dullness.
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Examples from the Web for brilliance
None of them came close to the brilliance of what Beyoncé had accomplished.Bow Down, Bitches: How Beyoncé Turned an Elevator Brawl Into a Perfect Year
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The brilliance of this scene, and this season, is that there are no good guys and bad guys.Julianna Margulies's Favorite 'The Good Wife' Scenes
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As TechCrunch pointed out, the brilliance in its bare bones appeal could reach a worth of one billion dollars.The Zen of Yo
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But this soft and greedy subversive organelle is no match for the brilliance of our scientists!The Fake Superbug Cure
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Gen. George S. Patton is famed for his brilliance in World War II.The Price of Being a Patton: Wrestling With the Legacy of America’s Most Famous General
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They achieve repartee the brilliance of which dazzles him to contemptible silence.The Spenders
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Toward the south the waves moved with great velocity and brilliance.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
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The sun shone with a brilliance that to such eyes as mine was a very mockery.Bardelys the Magnificent
Their faces shone with a brilliance of awareness and he knew that they loved him.Pleasant Journey
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For the brilliance of its social life there were several reasons.The Colonial Architecture of Philadelphia
- great brightness; radiance
- excellence or distinction in physical or mental ability; exceptional talent
- splendour; magnificencethe brilliance of the royal court
- physics a former term for luminance
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Word Origin and History for brilliance
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