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brilliance

[bril-yuhns]
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noun
  1. great brightness; luster: the brilliance of a fine diamond.
  2. excellence or distinction; conspicuous talent, mental ability, etc.
  3. splendor, elegance, or magnificence: the brilliance of the court of Louis XIV.
  4. Optics. that luminance of a body consisting of its saturation and brightness.
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Origin of brilliance

First recorded in 1745–55; brilli(ant) + -ance
Related formso·ver·bril·liance, noun

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1, 2. dullness.
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brilliance

brilliancy

noun
  1. great brightness; radiance
  2. excellence or distinction in physical or mental ability; exceptional talent
  3. splendour; magnificencethe brilliance of the royal court
  4. physics a former term for luminance
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Word Origin and History for brilliance

n.

1755, from brilliant + -ance. Figurative sense (of wit, intelligence, etc.) is from 1779. Distinguished from brilliancy in that the latter usually is applied to things measurable in degrees.

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