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Monday, February 9, 2015

Definitions

Definitions is an occasional post in which I delve into the meanings of words that are obscure, interesting, or new to me.

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I haven't done one of these in a while. While watching the movie Topsy-Turvy, which is about Gilbert and Sullivan, a dynamic duo who co-wrote numerous humorous operettas during the Victorian Era, I heard the word, effulgent, used in a song.

Effulgent? Sounds like it may be related to effluent. However, the definition has nothing to do with sewage or human waste.

It came into use in the mid 18th century and comes directly from the Latin effulgent meaning, shining brightly, radiant, beaming, dazzling, brilliant. You get the picture.

Of all the lights in the night skies, Venus is the most effulgent.

As he bowed to the applause, his face was as effulgent as the sun.

And here's the song from the Mikado (as sung in the movie Topsy-Turvy) in which the word is used. Listen carefully it comes soon in the first verse. I rather like this song...


Ever heard of the word effulgent? Can you use it in a sentence?

11 comments:

  1. I've heard the word before. Not one you see very often though.

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  2. That's a new one for me. Interesting.

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  3. I've never heard it before. I'm not sure I could even pronounce it.

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  4. I don't think I had ever heard that word before.

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  5. I've never used this one. I have a hard time pronouncing it!

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  6. YES! I use this one. Actually, I have a novel that revolved a great deal around light, so I know every synonym or related word in the book. (And by book, I mean Rodale's Synonym Finder.) I spend way too much time with that book.

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  7. I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't know that word before. I'd seen it, but I didn't know its definition. It's fun to learn something new!

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  8. I've seen the word in print, but I've never used it or heard it used.

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  9. Heard of it? I can't even pronounce it! :)

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