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[ri-fuhl-juh nt]
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  1. shining brightly; radiant; gleaming: Crystal chandeliers and gilded walls made the opera house a refulgent setting for the ball.
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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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Historical Examples

  • So saying, and bestowing upon the locksmith a most refulgent smile, he left them.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • It was past noon; the great sun shone out with refulgent glory.


    Richard Short

  • It was not water, but new ice—smooth and refulgent as a mirror.

    Red Rooney

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • 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


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

Word Origin

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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