shining brightly; radiant; gleaming: Crystal chandeliers and gilded walls made the opera house a refulgent setting for the ball.
Origin of refulgent
Related formsre·ful·gence, re·ful·gen·cy, re·ful·gent·ness, nounre·ful·gent·ly, adverbun·re·ful·gent, adjectiveun·re·ful·gent·ly, adverb
First recorded in 1500–10, refulgent
is from the Latin
(stem of refulgēns,
present participle of refulgēre
to radiate light). See re-
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Examples from the Web for refulgent
Historical Examples of refulgent
So saying, and bestowing upon the locksmith a most refulgent smile, he left them.
It was past noon; the great sun shone out with refulgent glory.
It was not water, but new ice—smooth and refulgent as a mirror.
For six months of the year the sun is daily refulgent in the heavens, and sets evening after evening in all his glorious majesty.
In all his previous career so refulgent a day had never been his.
British Dictionary definitions for refulgent
Derived Formsrefulgence or rare refulgency, nounrefulgently, adverb
literary shining, brilliant, or radiant
Word Origin for refulgent
C16: from Latin refulgēre to shine brightly, from re- + fulgēre to shine
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Word Origin and History for refulgent
c.1500, from Middle French refulgent or directly from Latin refulgentem (nominative refulgens), present participle of refulgere "flash back, shine brilliantly," from re- "back" (see re-) + fulgere "to shine" (see bleach (v.)).
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