That, astonishingly, is a typical entry in this splendid literary tapestry.
What happened to the formerly addictive, splendid, elegant costume drama?
He tossed the splendid diadem in the air, and catching it, turned to me smiling.
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.).