brilliances

brilliance

[bril-yuhns]
noun
1.
great brightness; luster: the brilliance of a fine diamond.
2.
excellence or distinction; conspicuous talent, mental ability, etc.
3.
splendor, elegance, or magnificence: the brilliance of the court of Louis XIV.
4.
Optics. that luminance of a body consisting of its saturation and brightness.

Origin:
1745–55; brilli(ant) + -ance

overbrilliance, noun


1. radiance, effulgence, refulgence. 2. illustriousness, preeminence; genius.


1, 2. dullness.
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brilliance or brilliancy (ˈbrɪljəns)
 
n
1.  great brightness; radiance
2.  excellence or distinction in physical or mental ability; exceptional talent
3.  splendour; magnificence: the brilliance of the royal court
4.  physics a former term for luminance
 
brilliancy or brilliancy
 
n

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brilliance
1755, from brilliant (q.v.). Figurative sense (of wit, intelligence, etc.) is from 1779. Distinguished from brilliancy in that the latter usually is applied to things measurable in degrees.
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