• WordNet 3.6
    • n refulgency the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Refulgency The quality of being refulgent; brilliancy; splender; radiance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n refulgency Same as refulgence.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. refulgentia,. See Refulgent


In literature:

For before sunrise the day dawns, but is not in full refulgence, for the sun adds still further to its splendour.
"History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom" by Andrew Dickson White
He then presented himself in a refulgent condition as to his attire, but looking indefinably shrunken and old.
"Little Dorrit" by Charles Dickens
Think of the world in which the Jansenists were living; the world of the Fronde, of Richelieu and Mazarin, of his refulgent Majesty Louis XIV.
"The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft" by George Gissing
And a little later Johnnie Watson approached her where she stood with a restored and refulgent William, about to begin the succeeding dance.
"Seventeen" by Booth Tarkington
Red's torch of a head will do the trick; we can come in by the refulgence from that.
"Red Pepper Burns" by Grace S. Richmond
Impossible not to get a sort of refulgence oneself, they thought, living here, and absorb it and give it out again.
"Christopher and Columbus" by Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
Archismati was his fourth daughter, she was so named from her great refulgence.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
I looked up and, behold, Mrs. Silas Beesley loomed up against the sun and seemed to shine with equal refulgence to my delighted eyes!
"The Golden Bird" by Maria Thompson Daviess
The gold in the illuminations is rather bright than refulgent.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Three" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
The orator moves across the scene in history like some refulgent planet in the sky.
"The Battle of Principles" by Newell Dwight Hillis
Above them, and to their right, Saturn shone refulgently, his spectacular rings plainly visible.
"Spacehounds of IPC" by Edward Elmer Smith
She stumbled swiftly to the fire again, to stir it to brighter refulgence.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
Perhaps it owed a little of its spectacular refulgence to chemistry, Hilton thought, but not too much.
"Masters of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith
Thou art Katyayina, refulgent with a thousand suns.
"The Buddha" by Paul Carus
On the pier at which we drew up stood a train refulgent in stars and crescents.
"The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde"" by George Davidson
The bright May moon shed a shower of silvery glory over the cottage, and bathed them in its refulgent light.
"Sharing Her Crime" by May Agnes Fleming
He was the satellite of an infinitely more refulgent luminary, his extraordinary wife.
"Aspects and Impressions" by Edmund Gosse
But he shone refulgent.
"Latitude 19 degree" by Mrs. Schuyler Crowninshield
Did England in the seasons of Chaucer flourish with a more genial May and a more refulgent June?
"Amenities of Literature" by Isaac Disraeli
The moon was at the full, and lit up nearly the whole garden with the refulgence of a milder day.
"Home Influence" by Grace Aguilar

In poetry:

Methinks in that refulgent sphere
That knows not sun or moon,
An earth-born saint might long to hear
One verse of "Bonny Doon";
"Our Sweet Singer" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
No more the white refulgent streets.
Never the dry hollows of the mind
Shall he in fine courtesy walk
Again, for death is not unkind.
"Elegy" by Allen Tate
And Liberty's refulgent blaze
Lights up our broad, unbroken land,
And nowhere 'neath her spreading rays
Lives there a fetter or a brand!
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell
The morn arose serene and clear,
The sun refulgent glow'd at noon;
But nought the drooping flower could cheer.
Ah! wherefore droop'd the flower so soon!
"An Elegy" by Hector MacNeill
We are drifting away with our hopes and our fears,
To an ocean of life unknown to us now;
We see a bright vision--though veiled by our tears,
It appears like refulgence to lighten the brow.
"Drifting Away" by Jared Barhite
What sudden blaze is round him poured,
As though all Heaven's refulgent hoard
In one rich glory shone?
One moment—and to earth he falls:
What voice his inmost heart appalls? -
Voice heard by him alone.
"The Conversion Of St. Paul" by John Keble