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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.
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.
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.
Skies the most effulgent but basket the deadliest thunders: gorgeous Cuba knows tornadoes that never swept tame northern lands.
Suddenly, before an effulgent Titian, he found himself saying: "But I'm only fifty-seven--" and then he turned away.
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
And when she was done, she told me with a flourish, an effulgent glow of pride emanating from her face: "I have just built a bridge, Miss.
Patriotic songs and dances by all the wings of ISWK mirrored the feelings of the youngsters, the effulgent love for their motherland in their hearts.
Hype aside, it was a dazzling performance, fabulously secure technically with, for a composition of such scabrous activity, a vibratorich tone that in the Moderato Kanneh-Mason developed into a full-blown, effulgent presence.
Yes, fans would have loved to see them expressing their affection for one another onscreen, to 'share' in their happiness by way of their effulgent and exultant love scenes.
The shots of it here, each printed at over two feet tall, were made in the summer of 1980 and the winter of 1981, and it was in photos like these, and like the still larger prints showing a straggly but grand Alabama pear tree, from 2002 and 2000, that the show's summer/winter device was most effective: We depend on winter to actually see the palmist store, since in the summer photo it's almost buried in the foliage that is overtaking it, while the pear tree, effulgent in summer, in winter becomes a colorless skeleton.