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[splen-did] /ˈsplɛn dɪd/
gorgeous; magnificent; sumptuous.
Antonyms: squalid.
grand; superb, as beauty.
distinguished or glorious, as a name, reputation, victory, etc.
strikingly admirable or fine:
splendid talents.
Antonyms: modest, poor.
excellent, fine, or very good:
to have a splendid time.
brilliant in appearance, color, etc.
Antonyms: dull, drab.
Origin of splendid
1615-25; < Latin splendidus brilliant, equivalent to splend(ēre) to shine + -idus -id4
Related forms
splendidly, adverb
splendidness, noun
unsplendid, adjective
unsplendidly, adverb
unsplendidness, noun
Can be confused
splendid, splendorous.
Synonym Study
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for splendid
  • Excellent craftsmanship is also a necessity in making the splendid replicas.
  • Rolling hills, breathtaking gorges, and splendid lakes offer countless outdoor activities.
  • Insight guides make a feature of their splendid photographs.
  • Architecture of splendid proportions, the last remnants of a departed life.
  • We keep making more and more splendid mirrors with these sophisticated technologies.
  • Scholarship need not be carried out in splendid isolation.
  • The members of each guild, looking quite splendid in their matching outfits, lined up for inspection.
  • There are cases that these things turn out splendidly--then others that are not so splendid.
  • Most splendid of all is the ruler of the city who is now being carried in by six pallbearers.
  • For instance, with drainage holes added, the concrete birdbath at left makes a splendid container.
British Dictionary definitions for splendid


brilliant or fine, esp in appearance
characterized by magnificence; imposing
glorious or illustrious: a splendid reputation
brightly gleaming; radiant: her splendid face, splendid colours
very good or satisfactory: a splendid time
Derived Forms
splendidly, adverb
splendidness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin splendidus, from splendēre to shine
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Word Origin and History for splendid

1620s, probably a shortening of earlier splendidious (early 15c.), from Latin splendidus "magnificent, brilliant," from splendere "be bright, shine, gleam, glisten," from PIE *(s)plend- "bright" (cf. Lithuanian splendziu "I shine," Middle Irish lainn "bright"). An earlier form was splendent (late 15c.).

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