• WordNet 3.6
    • n splendor the quality of being magnificent or splendid or grand "for magnificence and personal service there is the Queen's hotel","his `Hamlet' lacks the brilliance that one expects","it is the university that gives the scene its stately splendor","an imaginative mix of old-fashioned grandeur and colorful art","advertisers capitalize on the grandness and elegance it brings to their products"
    • n splendor a quality that outshines the usual
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Splendor Brilliancy; glory; as, the splendor of a victory.
    • Splendor Great brightness; brilliant luster; brilliancy; as, the splendor ot the sun.
    • Splendor Magnifience; pomp; parade; as, the splendor of equipage, ceremonies, processions, and the like. "Rejoice in splendor of mine own."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n splendor Great brightness; brilliant luster: as, the splendor of the sun.
    • n splendor Great show of richness and elegance; magnificence; pomp; parade; grandeur; eminence: as, the splendor of a victory.
    • n splendor In heraldry See sun in splendor, under sun. Synonyms Refulgence, Brilliance, etc. See radiance, n.
    • splendor To make splendid; illuminate with splendor; light up.
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Gross and obscure natures, however decorated, seem impure shambles; but character gives splendor to youth, and awe to wrinkled skin and gray hairs.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.”
  • Sarah J. Hale
    Sarah J. Hale
    “Nor need we power or splendor, wide hall or lordly dome; the good, the true, the tender- these form the wealth of home.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Extended empires are like expanded gold, exchanging solid strength for feeble splendor.”
  • Gaston Bachelard
    “Ideas are refined and multiplied in the commerce of minds. In their splendor, images effect a very simple communion of souls.”
  • Robert Browning
    “Stung by the splendor of a sudden thought.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. fr. splendere, to shine: cf. F. splendeur,


In literature:

The court grew in barbaric and in Greek splendor.
"A Short History of Russia" by Mary Platt Parmele
Its splendor was really very great.
"Paris: With Pen and Pencil" by David W. Bartlett
If St. Francis was "a sun upon the world," St. Dominic is shown by the next speaker, St. Bonaventure, to be "a splendor of cherubic delight.
"Dante: "The Central Man of All the World"" by John T. Slattery
Bessie had a taste, her eye was gratified, there was repose in all this splendor.
"The Vicissitudes of Bessie Fairfax" by Harriet Parr
Or I crouched on the beach at full moon, wondering, wondering, between the two splendors of the sky and the sea.
"Modern Prose And Poetry; For Secondary Schools" by Various
But in the house of Pansa do not look for such splendors.
"The Wonders of Pompeii" by Marc Monnier
Was she at last to know the splendor of loving and giving?
"The Black Pearl" by Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
A sumptuous splendor mingled, moist and languid, with their light.
"Trifles for the Christmas Holidays" by H. S. Armstrong
For a second her attention was distracted from everything except the wonderful bizarre splendor in which she found herself.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
For size and splendor united, I had never seen any thing like it.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Three" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin

In poetry:

But on I drove in splendor,
I—that was but a maid—
With piercing calls of triumph
And I was not afraid.
"The Warrior Maid" by Anna Hempstead Branch
They say the sun is shining
In all his splendor now,
And clouds in graceful drapery,
Are sailing to an fro.
"To Mr. C.R." by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
The sweet canary warbles
Where wealth and splendor dwell:
Who knows what sorrow moves her,
And who her pain can tell?
"The Canary" by Morris Rosenfeld
But the leaves are burning with splendor,
And I'll weave them in garlands bright,
As I did in the sweet days of childhood,
When my heart was aglow with delight.
"October" by Sallie Williams Hardcastle
The sun pales before thee, the moon is a blot
On the sky where thine own splendors are;
And dark is the day where thy presence is not,
My star, my bright, beautiful star.
"To Revenita (09)" by Madge Morris Wagner
I might not sleep for awe; but peaceful, tender,
My soul would lie
All the night long; and when the morning splendor
Flashed o'er the sky,
I think that I could smile--could calmly say,
"It is His day."
"When?" by Susan Coolidge

In news:

Matt Wixon, Corbett Smith, David Just and Mike Florek talk about the 'game of the year' so far and wonder if there's hope for Allen vs DeSoto to match that game's splendor.
Visitors saw some of the splendor of the Ohio Governor's Residence on Tuesday as they took a tour of the home.
Drawing Flies, Young Splendor, Animism.
It's a Wine country wonderland—the splendor of Santa Ynez Valley and the sophistication.
FRANCE'S inland waterways offer a refinement wonderfully out of step with modern times: the joy of traveling and savoring the splendors of France very, very slowly.
What a nice surprise it is when a hotel that's unassuming on the outside is a splendor of style and comfort inside.
Fall's call -- soft, subtle but insistent, autumn urges us outdoors to enjoy its splendor.
A Real Smorgasbord of Splendors.
The Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto, California, is full of 1920s splendor.
Tour features splendid homes, splendor of autumn By Beverly Berkeley Correspondent PhillyBurbs.com.
Splendor in the grass cuttings.
Stability is the hallmark of Splendor 's 239 Sunstar.
Wine dinner of tropical splendor .
Motorcyclist Online helps you research the used 2009 QLINK Splendor 400 before buying this Scooter bike.
The 2009 Splendor 400 is made in China.

In science:

In addition to the beauty and splendor of the city, this choice also clearly contains a recognition of the outstanding contributions brought by Japanese scientists in the area of (first) star formation.
First Stars IV: Summary Talk