[ih-fuhl-juh ns, ih-foo l‐]


a brilliant radiance; a shining forth.

Origin of effulgence

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Examples from the Web for effulgence

Historical Examples of effulgence

  • She turned to me, and the glory of her eyes fell about my soul like an effulgence.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • All eyes were bent on her; the other actors were obscured by her effulgence, and were not noticed.


    Anatole France

  • "Your Effulgence may sit at my right hand," said the commander pleasantly.

    Despoilers of the Golden Empire

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • "Ggaran, you explain it to the Earthling," said His Effulgence.


    L. J. Stecher

  • And yet the effulgence of her countenance vivified while it chastened me.

Word Origin and History for effulgence

1660s, from Late Latin effulgentia (from Latin effulgentum; see effulgent) + -ce.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper