refulgent [ri- fuhl-j uh nt] Examples Word Origin See more synonyms for refulgent on Thesaurus.com shining brightly; radiant; gleaming: Crystal chandeliers and gilded walls made the opera house a refulgent setting for the ball. Origin of refulgent
First recorded in
is from the
present participle of
to radiate light). See
fulgent Related forms re·ful·gence, re·ful·gen·cy, re·ful·gent·ness, noun re·ful·gent·ly, adverb un·re·ful·gent, adjective un·re·ful·gent·ly, adverb
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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
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 literary shining, brilliant, or radiant Derived Forms refulgence or rare refulgency, noun refulgently, adverb 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 adj.
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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