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[ri-fuhl-juh nt] /rɪˈfʌl dʒənt/
shining brightly; radiant; gleaming:
Crystal chandeliers and gilded walls made the opera house a refulgent setting for the ball.
Origin of refulgent
1500-10; < Latin refulgent- (stem of refulgēns, present participle of refulgēre to radiate light). See re-, fulgent
Related forms
refulgence, refulgency, refulgentness, noun
refulgently, adverb
unrefulgent, adjective
unrefulgently, adverb Unabridged
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  • Color, refulgent and ecstatic, turns out to trump sculptural form.
  • It's a striking idea, an artist famed for his lush, refulgent canvases laboring in a dim room by such cold and meager light.
British Dictionary definitions for refulgent


(literary) shining, brilliant, or radiant
Derived Forms
refulgence, (rare) refulgency, noun
refulgently, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin refulgēre to shine brightly, from re- + fulgēre to shine
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Word Origin and History for refulgent

c.1500, from Middle French refulgent or directly from Latin refulgentem (nominative refulgens), present participle of refulgere "flash back, shine brilliantly," from re- "back" (see re-) + fulgere "to shine" (see bleach (v.)).

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