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[ih-fuhl-juh nt, ih-foo l-]
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  1. shining forth brilliantly; radiant.
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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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Historical Examples

  • Again the lights were effulgent, the music witching, the women divine.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • Harrison was sought and finally found but was too effulgent to realize the calamity.

  • He was so large and effulgent that one hardly missed the sun.

  • Why, to use his own effulgent expression, "there was nothing to it!"

    The Mission of Janice Day

    Helen Beecher Long

  • As he spoke Mr. Rae's smile burst forth in all its effulgent glory.

    Corporal Cameron

    Ralph Connor

British Dictionary definitions for effulgent


  1. radiant; brilliant
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Derived Formseffulgence, nouneffulgently, adverb

Word Origin

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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