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splendid

[splen-did] /ˈsplɛn dɪd/
adjective
1.
gorgeous; magnificent; sumptuous.
Antonyms: squalid.
2.
grand; superb, as beauty.
3.
distinguished or glorious, as a name, reputation, victory, etc.
4.
strikingly admirable or fine:
splendid talents.
Antonyms: modest, poor.
5.
excellent, fine, or very good:
to have a splendid time.
6.
brilliant in appearance, color, etc.
Antonyms: dull, drab.
Origin
1615-1625
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for splendidness

splendid

/ˈsplɛndɪd/
adjective
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
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 splendidness

splendid

adj.

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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