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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Definitions for effulgent

  1. shining forth brilliantly; radiant.

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Citations for effulgent
Warmest climes but nurse the cruellest fangs: the tiger of Bengal crouches in spiced groves of ceaseless verdure. Skies the most effulgent but basket the deadliest thunders: gorgeous Cuba knows tornadoes that never swept tame northern lands. Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, 1851
I am your brother of light, and have floated with you in the effulgent valleys. H. P. Lovecraft, "Beyond the Wall of Sleep," Pine Cones, 1919
Origin of effulgent
1730-1740
Effulgent is a back formation from the noun effulgence. It derives from the Latin verb fulgere meaning "to shine." Effulgent entered English in the mid-1700s.