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splendor

[splen-der] /ˈsplɛn dər/
noun
1.
brilliant or gorgeous appearance, coloring, etc.; magnificence:
the splendor of the palace.
2.
an instance or display of imposing pomp or grandeur:
the splendor of the coronation.
3.
grandeur; glory; brilliant distinction:
the splendor of ancient Greek architecture.
4.
great brightness; brilliant light or luster.
verb (used with object)
5.
to make splendid by decorating lavishly; adorn.
verb (used without object)
6.
to move or proceed with splendor, grandeur, or pomp.
Also, especially British, splendour.
Origin
1400-1450
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),
adjective
outsplendor, verb (used with object)
unsplendorous, adjective
unsplendorously, adverb
Can be confused
splendid, splendorous.
Synonyms
1. show, dash. 3. fame, eminence, renown, celebrity. 4. dazzle, refulgence.
Antonyms
1. squalor.
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splendor

n.

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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