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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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  • The house was deserted, he was certain of that—the melancholy wreckage of a vanished and resplendent time.

    Wild Oranges Joseph Hergesheimer
  • Then came the French Embassy, resplendent in its dress of blue and gold.

    The Loyalist James Francis Barrett
  • The evening was very fine and beautifully star-light, and the moon shone with resplendent brightness.

  • When he once more turned up he was resplendent in his clean clothes.

    In Africa John T. McCutcheon
  • Yet it was an enthusiasm well tempered to practical ends, purged of resplendent visions and vague idealisms.

  • How beautiful, how resplendent was the scene that was spread out before her!

    Helen and Arthur Caroline Lee Hentz
  • This latter was a resplendent creature, having been the butt end of a rosewood billiard cue, and was as heavy as a Sioux war club.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • The whole door was resplendent in the purity of intense cold.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Within, it is resplendent with gold and silver and richly colored walls and roof.

    On the Mexican Highlands William Seymour Edwards
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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