[ ef-loo-uhns ]
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  1. the action or process of flowing out; efflux.

  2. something that flows out; emanation.

Origin of effluence

1595–1605; <Latin efflu- outflow (ef-ef- + flu- flow) + -ence

Other words from effluence

  • su·per·ef·flu·ence, noun

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How to use effluence in a sentence

  • He was not made any the more content with himself by this effluence of revivified effort that impregnated the air around him.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 | Compton Mackenzie
  • The possession of much ready money emits a peculiar effluence in both directions—back to the past, forward into the future.

    The Regent | E. Arnold Bennett
  • Eusapia spreads a black woollen shawl over her silk skirt and shows me the luminous effluence.

    Mysterious Psychic Forces | Camille Flammarion
  • A libertine spirit was in the air, a madcap freedom, an effluence of disdainful sin.

    The Trail of '98 | Robert W. Service
  • The sempiternal effluence streams abroad Spreading, wherever charity extends.

British Dictionary definitions for effluence


efflux (ˈɛflʌks)

/ (ˈɛflʊəns) /

  1. the act or process of flowing out

  2. something that flows out

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