[ih-fuhl-juh nt, ih-foo l-]


shining forth brilliantly; radiant.

Nearby words

  1. effortful,
  2. effortless,
  3. effraction,
  4. effrontery,
  5. effulgence,
  6. effuse,
  7. effusiometer,
  8. effusion,
  9. effusive,
  10. effy

Origin of effulgent

1730–40; < Latin effulgent- (stem of effulgēns, present participle of effulgēre), equivalent to ef- ef- + fulg(ēre) to shine + -ent- -ent

Related formsef·ful·gence, nounef·ful·gent·ly, adverbun·ef·ful·gent, adjectiveun·ef·ful·gent·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for effulgent



radiant; brilliant
Derived Formseffulgence, nouneffulgently, adverb

Word Origin for effulgent

C18: from Latin effulgēre to shine forth, from fulgēre to shine

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Word Origin and History for effulgent



1738, back-formation from effulgence, or else from Latin effulgentem (nominative effulgens), present participle of effulgere, from ex "out" (see ex-) + fulgere "to shine" (see bleach (v.)).

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