[ef-loo-uh ns]


the action or process of flowing out; efflux.
something that flows out; emanation.

Origin of effluence

1595–1605; < Latin efflu- outflow (ef- ef- + flu- flow) + -ence
Related formssu·per·ef·flu·ence, noun
Can be confusedaffluence effluence influence
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Historical Examples of effluence

  • And the power which the eye possesses is a sort of effluence which is dispensed from the sun?

  • I take it that the sun breathes in the effluence of all that fades and dies.

  • The sun is materially composed of all the effluence of the dead.

  • Each of these must be regarded620 as an effluence, or spark (Nizuz), from Adam.

  • The common use of the term influence would seem to imply the existence of its correlative, effluence.

    A Mortal Antipathy

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

British Dictionary definitions for effluence


efflux (ˈɛflʌks)


the act or process of flowing out
something that flows out
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Word Origin and History for effluence

c.1600, from Late Latin effluentia, from Latin effluentem (nominative effluens) "flowing out," present participle of effluere "to flow out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + fluere "to flow" (see fluent).

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