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 (ĭ-fo͝ol′jənt, ĭ-fŭl′-)
1. Shining brilliantly; resplendent. See Synonyms at bright.
a. Showing or expressing vitality, love, or joy: "the thrilling promise he held out in his effulgent emerald eyes" (Arundhati Roy).
b. Splendid; wonderful: effulgent beauty.

[Latin effulgēns, effulgent-, present participle of effulgēre, to shine out : ex-, ex- + fulgēre, to shine; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]


radiant; brilliant
[C18: from Latin effulgēre to shine forth, from fulgēre to shine]
efˈfulgence n
efˈfulgently adv


(ɪˈfʌl dʒənt, ɪˈfʊl-)

shining forth brilliantly; radiant.
[1730–40; < Latin effulgent-, s. of effulgēns, present participle of effulgēre to shine forth]
ef•ful′gence, n.
ef•ful′gent•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.effulgent - radiating or as if radiating lighteffulgent - radiating or as if radiating light; "the beaming sun"; "the effulgent daffodils"; "a radiant sunrise"; "a refulgent sunset"
bright - emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts; "the sun was bright and hot"; "a bright sunlit room"


Giving off or reflecting light readily or in large amounts:
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And beneath the effulgent Antarctic skies I have boarded the Argo-Navis, and joined the chase against the starry Cetus far beyond the utmost stretch of Hydrus and the Flying Fish.
Skies the most effulgent but basket the deadliest thunders: gorgeous Cuba knows tornadoes that never swept tame northern lands.
Hidden nooks and corners, unused to observation, suddenly gleam and blush in effulgent exposure,--like lovers whom the unexpected turning on of a light has revealed kissing in the dark,--and are as suddenly, unlike the lovers, left in their native shade again.
Surely it is not possible to feel otherwise, any more than it would be possible for a man with cataract to regret the painful process by which his dim blurred sight of men as trees walking had been exchanged for clear outline and effulgent day.
Suddenly, before an effulgent Titian, he found himself saying: "But I'm only fifty-seven--" and then he turned away.
He was so large and effulgent that one hardly missed the sun, and his resounding purrs formed a pleasant accompaniment to the laughter and conversation which went on around Captain Jim's fireplace.
Let the great soul incarnated in some woman's form, poor and sad and single, in some Dolly or Joan, go out to service, and sweep chambers and scour floors, and its effulgent daybeams cannot be muffled or hid, but to sweep and scour will instantly appear supreme and beautiful actions, the top and radiance of human life, and all people will get mops and brooms; until, lo
The fragmented, invented reminiscences merge in a vision paradoxically (if emphatically) "not as they always were," as if to evoke an effulgent divination of others as they might have been.
There are parts of the story where that "thank you" is forthright and grateful to anarchy--to the moments when the aspiration for openness and leaderlessness made it possible to reclaim some of the basic essence of what politics was always supposed to be about, when people felt free to pour their talents without reserve into that effulgent commons.
Indeed, that horn call in that symphony, almost like no other, symbolizes the effulgent musical imagery permeating German scores for more than three centuries.
I saw that it was truly luminous and effulgent, but that it needed the greatest caution.
Inside these stories: a landscape of the hospital made romantic: girls with anorexia, bodies made effulgent from lack, a world where the skeleton is a beauty mark, like Marilyns mole.