- Shining brightly; radiant.
- (Of a person or their expression) Emanating joy or goodness.
“The fountain lit up with an effulgent glow at night.”
“I couldn’t hide my effulgent smile when I saw the handmade cards my kids made for my birthday.”
“The weather was perfect, and everyone was in an effulgent mood for the day at the park.”
Latin, mid-18th century
Why this word?
This shining adjective can refer to a literal glow of light, or it can be more figurative. Think of “effulgent” as beaming happiness, or a personality that radiates kindness. “Effulgent” is one of those adjectives that can also transform into other parts of speech. “Effulgence” is the noun, referring to a quality of brilliance, and “effulgently” is the adverb, used when something is done in an effulgent manner.
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