refulgent

[ri-fuhl-juh nt]
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adjective
  1. 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 1500–10, refulgent is from the Latin word refulgent- (stem of refulgēns, present participle of refulgēre to radiate light). See re-, fulgent
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
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Related Words for refulgent

bright, brilliant, luminous, radiant, resplendent, shining

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British Dictionary definitions for refulgent

refulgent

adjective
  1. literary shining, brilliant, or radiant
Derived Formsrefulgence or rare refulgency, nounrefulgently, 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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