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[ri-fuhl-juh nt] /rɪˈfʌl dʒənt/
shining brightly; radiant; gleaming:
Crystal chandeliers and gilded walls made the opera house a refulgent setting for the ball.
Origin of refulgent
First recorded in 1500-10, refulgent is from the Latin word refulgent- (stem of refulgēns, present participle of refulgēre to radiate light). See re-, fulgent
Related forms
refulgence, refulgency, refulgentness, noun
refulgently, adverb
unrefulgent, adjective
unrefulgently, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for refulgence
Historical Examples
  • If the children looked brilliant to Pop he did not reflect their refulgence.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • Brock shone with a refulgence that bedimmed all expectations.

    The Husbands of Edith

    George Barr McCutcheon
  • Then suppose that after twenty-four hours the sun should burst upon us in all his refulgence and glorious magnificence.

    Biography of a Slave Charles Thompson
  • Her eyes were open now, and the refulgence falling around her from the burning cedar, seemed like the glory of heaven.

    Mabel's Mistake Ann S. Stephens
  • La Petite Mer is in full view, the opposite shore lost in the refulgence of a reflected glow, as if it were the open sea itself.

    Rambles on the Riviera Francis Miltoun
  • Rugs were shaken, floors waxed and rubbed, the silver frames and vases in her sitting room polished to refulgence.

    A Poor Wise Man Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Impossible not to get a sort of refulgence oneself, they thought, living here, and absorb it and give it out again.

    Christopher and Columbus

    Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
  • When the sun waxed strong, I beheld in the refulgence of the two our great, encircled earth as a tiny ball in the distance below.

  • The caravan came to it under the dim light of the few stars that had not yet attained their refulgence.

    The Carpet from Bagdad

    Harold MacGrath
  • He was like one who is seeing a Great Light and who is still too dazed by its refulgence for speech.

    Left Half Harmon Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for refulgence


(literary) shining, brilliant, or radiant
Derived Forms
refulgence, (rare) refulgency, noun
refulgently, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin refulgēre to shine brightly, from re- + fulgēre to shine
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Word Origin and History for refulgence

1630s, from Latin refulgentia "reflected luster, splendor," from refulgens (see refulgent). Related: Refulgency (1610s).



c.1500, from Middle French refulgent or directly from Latin refulgentem (nominative refulgens), present participle of refulgere "flash back, shine brilliantly," from re- "back" (see re-) + fulgere "to shine" (see bleach (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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