brilliancy


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bril·lian·cy

 (brĭl′yən-sē)
n.
Brilliance, as of intellect or artistic performance.

bril•lian•cy

(ˈbrɪl yən si)

n., pl. -cies.
1. an instance of brilliance.
[1740–50]
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Noun1.brilliancy - a quality that outshines the usualbrilliancy - a quality that outshines the usual  
brightness - the location of a visual perception along a continuum from black to white

brilliancy

noun
1. Exceptional brightness and clarity, as of a cut and polished stone:
2. Liveliness and vivacity of imagination:
Translations
éleselméjűségfényességragyogászsenialitás
References in classic literature ?
Gradually, I gained rest of spirit, until I had come to see that I was no worse than other men, and that, though I had neither style nor brilliancy nor polish, I was still a MAN as regards my thoughts and feelings.
She is delicately fair, with fine grey eyes and dark eyelashes; and from her appearance one would not suppose her more than five and twenty, though she must in fact be ten years older, I was certainly not disposed to admire her, though always hearing she was beautiful; but I cannot help feeling that she possesses an uncommon union of symmetry, brilliancy, and grace.
It seems to me that the deflagration, by the intense brilliancy of the substances in combustion, is produced in pure oxygen.
The luminous part traced on the sea an immense oval, much elongated, the centre of which condensed a burning heat, whose overpowering brilliancy died out by successive gradations.
He saw Phoebe, however, and caught an illumination from her youthful and pleasant aspect, which, indeed, threw a cheerfulness about the parlor, like the circle of reflected brilliancy around the glass vase of flowers that was standing in the sunshine.
And I didn't; for who could hope to compete with the sun, who was making the whole dewy world shake with laughter at his brilliancy, or with the birds, any one of whom was a poet at least equal to Herrick?
I was rapt in thought, pondering in my mind some words that had casually issued from the mouth of my youngest Grandson, a most promising young Hexagon of unusual brilliancy and perfect angularity.
The wild glare of these enormous flambeaux, lighting up with a startling brilliancy the innermost recesses of the vale, and seen moving rapidly along beneath the canopy of leaves, the savage shout of the excited messengers sounding the news of their approach, which was answered on all sides, and the strange appearance of their naked bodies, seen against the gloomy background, produced altogether an effect upon my mind that I shall long remember.
Richard Twining bubbled over with quaint absurdities, and George Road, conscious that he need not exhibit a brilliancy which was almost a by-word, opened his mouth only to put food into it.
I am so enchanted by the brilliancy of the wit and culture of the society, more especially of the feminine society, in which I have had the honor of being received, that I have not yet had time to think of the climate," said he.
Even when she did not talk she seemed to inspire others to brilliancy.
If you want brilliancy, everything in the way of brilliancy that money can give you, you shall have.