- to illuminate.
Origin of illumine
1300–50; Middle English illuminen < Latin illūmināre to light up, equivalent to il- il-1 + lūmin- (stem of lūmen) light + -ā- thematic vowel + -re infinitive suffix
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Examples from the Web for illumined
As he stood there, illumined by the rising moon, he seemed colossal.Tiverton Tales
The next instant the valley was illumined by a transparent glow.Slaves of Mercury
A large lamp, placed on the writing-table, illumined this strange vigil.The Fortune of the Rougons
Miss Horton's mind was illumined by her knowledge of herself.Mistress Wilding
They consist of fancies that have illumined the hard facts of life.
- a literary word for illuminate
C14: from Latin illūmināre to make light; see illuminate
Word Origin and History for illumined
late 14c., "to enlighten spiritually;" mid-15c., "to light up, shine light on," from Old French illuminer, from Latin illuminare (see illumination). Related: illumined.
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