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[ih-fuhl-juh ns, ih-foo l‐] /ɪˈfʌl dʒəns, ɪˈfʊl‐/
a brilliant radiance; a shining forth.
Origin of effulgence Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • An effulgence fills the southern boughs, which the eye cannot sustain, but which it knows is there.

    Nature Near London Richard Jefferies
  • "Your effulgence may sit at my right hand," said the commander pleasantly.

    Despoilers of the Golden Empire Gordon Randall Garrett
  • It was merely the dawn of thoughts which were waiting to break in upon his mind with all the power and effulgence of new truth.

  • "Ggaran, you explain it to the Earthling," said His effulgence.

    Upstarts L. J. Stecher
  • Our thoughts are too shallow and contracted to take in all the effulgence of divine grace.

    Life and Times of David Charles Henry Mackintosh
  • And yet the effulgence of her countenance vivified while it chastened me.

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems Walter Savage Landor
  • Our radiant one sought to stifle her effulgence beneath a look severe and practical.

    The President Alfred Henry Lewis
  • All eyes were bent on her; the other actors were obscured by her effulgence, and were not noticed.

    Thais Anatole France
  • So great was the effulgence that at first the visitors were blinded.

  • When the fire is made, you want to sit in front of it and grow genial in its effulgence.

    Backlog Studies Charles Dudley Warner
Word Origin and History for effulgence

1660s, from Late Latin effulgentia (from Latin effulgentum; see effulgent) + -ce.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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