View synonyms for radiance


[ rey-dee-uhns ]


  1. radiant brightness or light:

    the radiance of the tropical sun.

    Synonyms: brilliance, splendor, resplendence

  2. warm, cheerful brightness:

    the radiance of her expression.

  3. Rare. radiation.


/ ˈreɪdɪəns /


  1. the quality or state of being radiant
  2. a measure of the amount of electromagnetic radiation leaving or arriving at a point on a surface. It is the radiant intensity in a given direction of a small element of surface area divided by the orthogonal projection of this area onto a plane at right angles to the direction Le

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Other Words From

  • non·radi·ance noun
  • sub·radi·ance noun
  • super·radi·ance noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of radiance1

First recorded in 1595–1605; radi(ant) + -ance

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Example Sentences

His contest emphasized imagination and the radiance of beauty from within.

When “Carnaval Del Barrio” rolls around near the finale, its radiance is so practically blinding that your instinct should be to look away.

Blackout is both a short story collection and a novel of a moment in time, capturing the radiance, joy and possibility of teen romance.

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Rebecca’s life of worry shows on her face—with cheekbones that accept and reflect light as if it were a gift, she’s never anything less than beautiful, but her radiance glows through a veil of anxiety.

From Time

On Saturday, some leaves flamed scarlet in the radiance of the day.

And not that after-sex glow, but the radiance of contentment.

In it, grim headlines and social problems give way to an improbable radiance.

But they do make the family seem a shade more like the rest of America, in all its messy, tacky, imperfect radiance.

Her beauty seems to telegraph an inner radiance of well-honed intelligence and gentle self-assurance.

They walked together to a recess in the garden, where they sat down under the full radiance of the unclouded moon.

She glanced up at him softly, under long lashes,—a thrilling glance; but he missed its radiance, for his own eyes were far away.

The clear and radiant sky was drowned in a quivering radiance of gold, that was like a thing alive and sensitively palpitating.

Ramona herself bore no impress of sorrow; rather her face had now an added radiance.

Every individual freckle on her thin, sharp face seemed to shine as though there was some radiance behind it.


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