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splendid

[splen-did] /ˈsplɛn dɪd/
adjective
1.
gorgeous; magnificent; sumptuous.
Antonyms: squalid.
2.
grand; superb, as beauty.
3.
distinguished or glorious, as a name, reputation, victory, etc.
4.
strikingly admirable or fine:
splendid talents.
Antonyms: modest, poor.
5.
excellent, fine, or very good:
to have a splendid time.
6.
brilliant in appearance, color, etc.
Antonyms: dull, drab.
Origin of splendid
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin splendidus brilliant, equivalent to splend(ēre) to shine + -idus -id4
Related forms
splendidly, adverb
splendidness, noun
unsplendid, adjective
unsplendidly, adverb
unsplendidness, noun
Can be confused
splendid, splendorous.
Synonym Study
1. See magnificent.
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  • Her mother thought she had never heard her sing so splendidly before.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Michael Angelo and Raphael could work as splendidly as they desired.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • Then came a fine troop all in red, nobly and splendidly clad.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • The day began so splendidly, so big with promise of great ideas.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • The river-god entertained him splendidly, and thanked him as best he knew how.

  • The Earl has been so charming and everything has turned out so splendidly.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for splendidly

splendid

/ˈsplɛndɪd/
adjective
1.
brilliant or fine, esp in appearance
2.
characterized by magnificence; imposing
3.
glorious or illustrious: a splendid reputation
4.
brightly gleaming; radiant: her splendid face, splendid colours
5.
very good or satisfactory: a splendid time
Derived Forms
splendidly, adverb
splendidness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin splendidus, from splendēre to shine
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Word Origin and History for splendidly

splendid

adj.

1620s, probably a shortening of earlier splendidious (early 15c.), from Latin splendidus "magnificent, brilliant," from splendere "be bright, shine, gleam, glisten," from PIE *(s)plend- "bright" (cf. Lithuanian splendziu "I shine," Middle Irish lainn "bright"). An earlier form was splendent (late 15c.).

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