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[bril-yuh n-see] /ˈbrɪl yən si/
noun, plural brilliancies for 1.
an instance of brilliance:
the brilliancies of Congreve's wit.
Origin of brilliancy
First recorded in 1740-50; brilli(ant) + -ancy
Related forms
overbrilliancy, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I can myself, from personal knowledge, endorse all that Mr. Phillips says as to Branwell's brilliancy of intellect at this time.

    The Bront Family, Vol. 2 of 2 Francis A. Leyland
  • Yet to-day, your Excellency, if there were no lack of brilliancy—how many were not there to see!

    The Royal Pawn of Venice Mrs. Lawrence Turnbull
  • There was a thick border of periwinkle whose glossy dark green leaves enhanced the brilliancy of the plants beyond.

  • The brilliancy of her performance could not be denied, even by those who had reason to dislike her.

    Marjorie Dean Pauline Lester
  • In the first place, she often extinguished him by the brilliancy of her arguments.

    Bureaucracy Honore de Balzac
  • It must, therefore, be obvious that Jupiter is indebted to the sun for its brilliancy.

    The Story of the Heavens Robert Stawell Ball
  • Orloff was excessively pale, almost unconscious, with his thick curly hair of dull black without the least brilliancy.

  • What lightness of touch, what ease of movement, what brilliancy of hue!

  • One might look at it a score of times without seeing that it varied in brilliancy.

  • It is much more valuable than brilliancy, eloquence, or originality.

    The Map of Life William Edward Hartpole Lecky
Word Origin and History for brilliancy

1747; see brilliant + -cy. Also cf. brilliance.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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