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Monday, October 03, 2005


\i-FUL-juhn(t)s\ , noun;
The state of being bright and radiant; splendor; brilliance.
The purity of his private character gave effulgence to his public virtues.
-- "Congressman Henry Lee's Eulogy for George Washington", , December 4, 1908
The setting sun as usual shed a melancholy effulgence on the ruddy towers of the Alhambra.
-- Washington Irving, The Alhambra
Nice gave him a different light from Paris -- a high, constant effulgence with little gray in it, flooding broadly across sea, city and hills, producing luminous shadows and clear tonal structures.
-- Robert Hughes, "Inventing A Sensory Utopia: The paintings Matisse did in Nice include some of his best", Time, November 17, 1986
From Latin ex, "out of, from" + fulgere, "to shine." The adjective form of the word is effulgent.
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