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[ri-splen-duh nt]
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  1. shining brilliantly; gleaming; splendid: troops resplendent in white uniforms; resplendent virtues.

Origin of resplendent

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin resplendent- (stem of resplendēns), present participle of resplendēre to shine brightly, equivalent to re- re- + splend(ēre) shine (see splendor) + -ent- -ent
Related formsre·splend·ent·ly, adverbself-re·splend·ent, adjectiveun·re·splend·ent, adjectiveun·re·splend·ent·ly, adverb


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radiant; dazzling, gorgeous, magnificent.
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  • It seemed to them as if the brightness of the moon had been increased, and was as resplendent as that of the sun.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • Great lights surround them, and their countenances are resplendent.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • Never before had the chasubles she embroidered been so resplendent with silk and gold.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • The whole door was resplendent in the purity of intense cold.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • Major Vernon had risen, resplendent as the phoenix, from the ashes of his old clothes.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

British Dictionary definitions for resplendent


  1. having a brilliant or splendid appearance
Derived Formsresplendence or resplendency, nounresplendently, adverb

Word Origin

C15: from rēsplendēre to shine brightly, from re- + splendēre to shine; see splendour
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for resplendent


mid-15c., from Latin resplendentem (nominative resplendens) "brilliant, radiant," present participle of resplendere "to glitter, shine," from re-, intensive prefix, + splendere "to shine, be splendid" (see splendid). Related: Resplendently.

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