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[splen-did] /ˈsplɛn dɪd/
gorgeous; magnificent; sumptuous.
Antonyms: squalid.
grand; superb, as beauty.
distinguished or glorious, as a name, reputation, victory, etc.
strikingly admirable or fine:
splendid talents.
Antonyms: modest, poor.
excellent, fine, or very good:
to have a splendid time.
brilliant in appearance, color, etc.
Antonyms: dull, drab.
Origin of splendid
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. Magnificent, gorgeous, splendid, superb are terms of high admiration and all are used informally in weak exaggeration. Something that is magnificent is beautiful, princely, grand, or ostentatious: a magnificent display of paintings; a magnificent view of the harbor. Something gorgeous moves one to admiration of its richness and the (often colorful) variety of its effects: a gorgeous array of handsome gifts. Anything worthy of being described as splendid is dazzling or impressive in its brilliance, radiance, or excellence: splendid jewels; a splendid body of scholars. And if something is superb, it is of the highest degree of, or above others in, excellence, elegance, or (less often, today) grandeur: a superb concert; superb wines. Unabridged
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  • He finds a magnificent palace, where he is splendidly guested by unseen hands, and at last conducted to a gorgeous bedchamber.

  • splendidly done,” said Bracy, breathless, “and not a man hurt.

    Fix Bay'nets George Manville Fenn
  • He's been at Eton for a long time, doing dreadfully at work—he's a born dunce—and splendidly at play.

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
  • “Getting on splendidly,” said the Doctor, rubbing his hands.

    Fix Bay'nets George Manville Fenn
  • She looked at him and saw a creature dark and colourless, yet splendidly alive.

    The Creators May Sinclair
  • You are keen on everything connected with the police, and you'll get on splendidly as a reporter.

    Fantmas Pierre Souvestre
British Dictionary definitions for splendidly


brilliant or fine, esp in appearance
characterized by magnificence; imposing
glorious or illustrious: a splendid reputation
brightly gleaming; radiant: her splendid face, splendid colours
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



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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