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or (especially British) splendour

[splen-der] /ˈsplɛn dər/
brilliant or gorgeous appearance, coloring, etc.; magnificence:
the splendor of the palace.
an instance or display of imposing pomp or grandeur:
the splendor of the coronation.
grandeur; glory; brilliant distinction:
the splendor of ancient Greek architecture.
great brightness; brilliant light or luster.
verb (used with object)
to make splendid by decorating lavishly; adorn.
verb (used without object)
to move or proceed with splendor, grandeur, or pomp.
Origin of splendor
1400-50; < Latin splendor, equivalent to splend(ēre) to shine + -or -or1; replacing late Middle English splendure < Anglo-French < Latin, as above
Related forms
splendorous, splendrous
[splen-druh s] /ˈsplɛn drəs/ (Show IPA),
outsplendor, verb (used with object)
unsplendorous, adjective
unsplendorously, adverb
Can be confused
splendid, splendorous.
1. show, dash. 3. fame, eminence, renown, celebrity. 4. dazzle, refulgence.
1. squalor. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • By the splendor of God, you would die ten thousand deaths before!

    God Wills It! William Stearns Davis
  • Now, far be it from us to belittle the splendor of this scientific vision.

    Understanding the Scriptures Francis McConnell
  • The rock was entirely free from foliage, and nothing obscured the splendor of the landscape below.

    Nelly's First Schooldays Josephine Franklin
  • But no one thought of this; all were too much overcome by the splendor of the Major's presence.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Marie Louise lived but a few years to enjoy the love of her husband and the splendor of her rank.

Word Origin and History for splendor

mid-15c., from Middle French esplendour, from Latin splendor "brilliance," from splendere "be bright, shine" (see splendid).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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