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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n effulgence the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Effulgence The state of being effulgent; extreme brilliancy; a flood of light; great luster or brightness; splendor. "The effulgence of his glory abides.""The bright and the balmy effulgence of morn."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n effulgence A shining forth, as of light; great luster or brightness; splendor: as, the effulgence of divine glory.
    • n effulgence Synonyms Brilliance, Luster, etc. See radiance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Effulgence great lustre or brightness: a flood of light
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. effulgēre, to shine out, pr.p. effulgens, -entisex, out, fulgēre, to shine.


In literature:

Harrison was sought and finally found but was too effulgent to realize the calamity.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
Above them the sun was blotted out, all but a rim of effulgent light, from which shone forth terrible and threatening flames.
"Wood Magic" by Richard Jefferies
The gush of unwonted radiance rolls in effulgent surges adown the vale.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, June 1844" by Various
We have, unfailingly, whole pages of setting suns, moonlight nights, effulgent stars, and southern breezes.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 62, No. 384, October 1847" by Various
For a haze was rising into the effulgent expanse of color, and the sun's rays, striking it, wrought their magic upon it.
"'Drag' Harlan" by Charles Alden Seltzer
That moth Farnborough, whirling in the political effulgence, was again hovering on the outskirts.
"The Convert" by Elizabeth Robins
It was then that my unlucky star shone effulgent.
"Friendship Village" by Zona Gale
It winds them around its white effulgent heart.
"The Masque of the Elements" by Herman Scheffauer
His cheeks flamed and his eyes flashed with the effulgence of hatred.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
But he whose eye shone with as proud an effulgence as, Glorious One, does yours, Waelse was his name!
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
His Effulgence lifted a tentacle swiftly, before Ggaran, lunging angrily forward, could speak.
"Upstarts" by L. J. Stecher
To him a writer was a mirror, but a mirror that reflected life while adding that divine effulgence which is Art.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
Usually a lovely rosy effulgence is seen in the atmosphere in the mornings and evenings.
"To Mars via The Moon" by Mark Wicks
It was only afterwards that he realized its effulgence.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
Zeke, looking down, saw the sacred symbol subtly effulgent, a holy promise of safety for her whom he loved.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
That night the banks of the great river were gray and mysterious under the effulgence of a top-heavy yellow moon.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
The hour, however, seemed later than it really was, simply because of the effulgence of the moon.
"Kastle Krags" by Absalom Martin
Now, as he took his place against the wall, it bathed him in an almost effulgent whiteness.
"The Key to Yesterday" by Charles Neville Buck
But now the glorious tropical dawn came streaming out of the east in all its red effulgence.
"Into the Primitive" by Robert Ames Bennet
ANTONIO: He's swept by the sweet contagion of you, wrapt In a fierce spell by your effulgent youth.
"Charles Di Tocca" by Cale Young Rice

In poetry:

Once the pink cast a winy smell,
The wild bee hung in the hyacinth bell,
Light in effulgence of beauty fell:
I am alone:
It is winter.
"Alone" by Walter de la Mare
High over the mild effulgence of the dove
Hung all the time, did we but know it, the all-knowing
Of John's great gold-barred eagle.
"St. John" by D H Lawrence
No feeble glimmer in the room,
Heaven's own effulgence doth illume
Her spirit; the poor sempstress died,
And Love immortal claimed a bride.
"Poor People's Christmas" by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
Churches! Churches! hence take heed;
And give the tolerance which ye need.
Your whitest orthodox effulgence
Worth no one ray—from wise indulgence.
"Experimentum Crucis" by John Kenyon
Take care, take care! for frailty
Is the prey of the strong, and you, a wraith of it,
Have yet a long while to go before nightfall
Brings you to sure effulgence!
"To The Afternoon Moon, At Sea" by Cale Young Rice
ONCE I could hail (howe'er serene the sky)
The Moon re-entering her monthly round,
No faculty yet given me to espy
The dusky Shape within her arms imbound,
That thin memento of effulgence lost
Which some have named her Predecessor's ghost. .
"Stanzas" by William Wordsworth