gorgeous; magnificent; sumptuous. luxurious, dazzling, imposing. squalid.
grand; superb, as beauty. majestic, elegant, first-rate.
distinguished or glorious, as a name, reputation, victory, etc. renowned, famed, famous, illustrious, eminent, conspicuous, celebrated, remarkable, brilliant; noble. ordinary, unremarkable, mediocre; ignoble.
strikingly admirable or fine: splendid talents. modest, poor.
excellent, fine, or very good: to have a splendid time.
brilliant in appearance, color, etc. dull, drab.

1615–25; < Latin splendidus brilliant, equivalent to splend(ēre) to shine + -idus -id4

splendidly, adverb
splendidness, noun
unsplendid, adjective
unsplendidly, adverb
unsplendidness, noun

splendid, splendorous.

1. Magnificent, gorgeous, splendid, superb are terms of high admiration and all are used informally in weak exaggeration. Something that is magnificent is beautiful, princely, grand, or ostentatious: a magnificent display of paintings; a magnificent view of the harbor. Something gorgeous moves one to admiration of its richness and the (often colorful) variety of its effects: a gorgeous array of handsome gifts. Anything worthy of being described as splendid is dazzling or impressive in its brilliance, radiance, or excellence: splendid jewels; a splendid body of scholars. And if something is superb, it is of the highest degree of, or above others in, excellence, elegance, or (less often, today) grandeur: a superb concert; superb wines.
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splendid (ˈsplɛndɪd)
1.  brilliant or fine, esp in appearance
2.  characterized by magnificence; imposing
3.  glorious or illustrious: a splendid reputation
4.  brightly gleaming; radiant: her splendid face; splendid colours
5.  very good or satisfactory: a splendid time
[C17: from Latin splendidus, from splendēre to shine]

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Word Origin & History

1620s, probably a shortening of earlier splendidious (early 15c.), from L. splendidus "magnificent, brilliant," from splendere "be bright, shine, gleam, glisten," from PIE *(s)plend- "bright" (cf, Lith. splendziu "I shine," M.Ir. lainn "bright"). An earlier form was splendent (late 15c.).
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Example sentences
Excellent craftsmanship is also a necessity in making the splendid replicas.
Rolling hills, breathtaking gorges, and splendid lakes offer countless outdoor
Insight guides make a feature of their splendid photographs.
Architecture of splendid proportions, the last remnants of a departed life.
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