Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Word Of The Day: refulgent

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• refulgent •

Pronunciation: ree-fUl-jênt • Hear it!

Part of Speech: Adjective

Meaning: Shining brightly, resplendent, illustrious.

Notes: This Good Word is a shining example of a word with a happy and supportive lexical family. The noun may be refulgence or refulgency; however, if these do not please you, refulgentness is also available. The only choice for an adverb is refulgently.

In Play: In July of 1838 a young radical by the name of Ralph Waldo Emerson addressed the seniors of Harvard Divinity School, saying, "In this refulgent summer, it has been a luxury to draw the breath of life. The grass grows, the buds burst, the meadow is spotted with fire and gold in the tint of flowers." Literal or figurative shining may be conveyed by today's word: "Fred's face was refulgent from hearing about his promotion as he emerged from the boss's office."


You could see the inner joy she had reflected all over her face by its refulgent glow that would shine everytime she said HIS name.

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