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[ splen-did ]


  1. Synonyms: imposing, luxurious

    Antonyms: squalid

  2. grand; superb, as beauty.

    Synonyms: first-rate, elegant, majestic

  3. distinguished or glorious, as a name, reputation, victory, etc.

    Synonyms: noble, brilliant, remarkable, celebrated, conspicuous, eminent, illustrious, famous, famed, renowned

    Antonyms: unremarkable, ignoble, mediocre, ordinary

  4. strikingly admirable or fine:

    splendid talents.

    Antonyms: poor, modest

  5. excellent, fine, or very good:

    to have a splendid time.

  6. brilliant in appearance, color, etc.

    Antonyms: drab, dull


/ ˈsplɛndɪd /


  1. brilliant or fine, esp in appearance
  2. characterized by magnificence; imposing
  3. glorious or illustrious

    a splendid reputation

  4. brightly gleaming; radiant

    splendid colours

    her splendid face

  5. very good or satisfactory

    a splendid time

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Derived Forms

  • ˈsplendidness, noun
  • ˈsplendidly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • splendid·ly adverb
  • splendid·ness noun
  • un·splendid adjective
  • un·splendid·ly adverb
  • un·splendid·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of splendid1

First recorded in 1615–25; from Latin splendidus “brilliant,” equivalent to splend(ēre) “to shine” + -idus adjective suffix; -id 4

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Word History and Origins

Origin of splendid1

C17: from Latin splendidus, from splendēre to shine

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Example Sentences

Bossier is in the middle of nowhere, deep in the American South and surrounded by splendid and expansive forests.

Aside from the scattered rusty pipes and junked oil tanks, the field is splendid and vast, its horizon interrupted intermittently by power lines and grain bins.

These days, I find myself compelled by fields that rest upon the assumption that we don’t yet know everything—we are only beginning, for instance, to understand the deep-time mechanisms of our planet’s splendid geology or what goes on in outer space.

Brought back from near-extinction and reintroduced into the park in 1978, they have come to represent all that is splendid and wild at Point Reyes.

As I said, Andrew Keatts is out this week and so you should direct your outrage about anything in this splendid newsletter to me and me alone.

In any case, culling a manageable array from the totality of splendid volumes has with each year become more difficult.

One remaining letter thanks a friend for sending some grouse and a book, the former described as “splendid.”

You could hardly find a vestige of the splendid railroad depots, warehouses, etc.

But Daniel Day-Lewis is splendid as Lincoln, and Sally Field almost as good as the cunning, half-mad Mary.

What happened to the formerly addictive, splendid, elegant costume drama?

A splendid grand piano stands in one window (he receives a new one every year).

He had five girls by his first wife; there is no reason why this splendid cow I have picked out should not produce a dozen boys.

Adjoining the engine-house on the other side, is the stable, where five splendid horses are kept.

Dinner was spread in the cabin of that peerless steamer, the New World, and a splendid company were assembled about the table.

In the splendid woman that entered, Monsieur de Garnache saw a wonderful likeness to the boy who stood beside him.