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[ri-splen-duh nt] /rɪˈsplɛn dənt/
shining brilliantly; gleaming; splendid:
troops resplendent in white uniforms; resplendent virtues.
Origin of resplendent
late Middle English
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 forms
resplendently, adverb
self-resplendent, adjective
unresplendent, adjective
unresplendently, adverb
radiant; dazzling, gorgeous, magnificent. Unabridged
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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
  • The renovated bedroom was resplendent in all its royal luxury.

  • It was a canopy fit for the resplendent purity of the snows.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • I could see at once that he was leading this resplendent vision by the arm.

    Tales Of Hearsay Joseph Conrad
  • Above, in the reception rooms, was another strange and resplendent crowd.

    The Nabob Alphonse Daudet
British Dictionary definitions for resplendent


having a brilliant or splendid appearance
Derived Forms
resplendence, resplendency, noun
resplendently, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from rēsplendēre to shine brightly, from re- + splendēre to shine; see splendour
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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