Definition of brilliance in English:


(also brilliancy)


  • 1Intense brightness of light.

    ‘the nights were dark, lit only by the brilliance of Aegean stars’
    • ‘Closer to the moon, the numbers of the stars dwindled for the brilliance of the light from the moon overrode it.’
    • ‘The sun caught a piece of quartz in the granite and lit the brilliance embedded there.’
    • ‘The brilliance of exploding stars flares across our room.’
    • ‘As the morning sun shined brightly the sea reflected it's brilliance, sparkling in every direction.’
    • ‘The blue light flashed its brilliance once more, and the library faded back in existence around them.’
    • ‘It is as if all my cells respond to their brilliance and become light too.’
    • ‘Additionally, the crystal was intensifying the light from her flashlight, and the resulting brilliance was near-blinding.’
    • ‘She saw the ripples in the water flowing towards that light, towards the brilliance in the dark.’
    • ‘The sheer brilliance of the light makes it difficult to judge the tones of the outdoor scenes he has painted.’
    • ‘Stars popped into brilliance with cap-gun like cracks, making me think of exploding light bulbs.’
    • ‘The rounded flakes, with less surface area to reflect light, lose brilliance.’
    • ‘Every now and then, there emerges a star, which, by its sheer brilliance, throws light far from where it originated.’
    • ‘Mia cried out in surprise of the brilliance of the light while the vampire hissed fiercely.’
    • ‘Not a cloud was in sight and the stars shone with brilliance.’
    • ‘The forest let light in with such brilliance and beauty it was breathtaking.’
    • ‘They continued to grow in size and brilliance until the lights of the bay area filled the windows around him.’
    • ‘The sky was clear, the sky velvet black, the stars hard in their brilliance.’
    • ‘But I couldn't see anything - just a bright brilliance.’
    • ‘In truth, space is a very bright place with incalculable flashes of brilliance filling trillions upon trillions of light years.’
    • ‘It seemed almost a torch of brilliance, a flaring star in the night sky.’
    brightness, vividness, intensity
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    1. 1.1Vividness of colour.
      ‘lapis lazuli was highly regarded for the brilliance of its colour’
      • ‘They were a red brilliance and gave the whole stone flooring a colour of blood.’
      • ‘I tried to scan some of the slides and they lost quite a bit of their stunning colours and brilliancy.’
      • ‘Henry's natural inspiration partially comes from the excitement, brilliance and magnificence from the art world.’
      • ‘Up in the ceiling, spherical crystals of light bars radiated a brilliance of pale white.’
      • ‘The colours which give brilliancy to the sketch are part of the charm.’
      • ‘It hurt her deeply to see that they were faded, their intense, beautiful brilliancy had died away, green fading to gray…’
      brightness, vividness, intensity
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  • 2Exceptional talent or intelligence.

    ‘he's played the stock market with great brilliance’
    • ‘Beyond all that, he has an extraordinary sense of brilliance in shaping the film.’
    • ‘This is a trait far rarer than brilliance and wit.’
    • ‘It's intellectually stimulating and continually entertaining with moments of brilliance that will stay with you.’
    • ‘However the Clan has shown flashes of brilliance this season, and a strong finish is not out of their reach.’
    • ‘This wealth of sample-worthy material draws Axelrod's brilliance to light even further.’
    • ‘But there is a sort of understated, brilliance to this funk track, more easily appreciated after several listenings.’
    • ‘During a long job interview process, consistency counts much more than flashes of brilliance.’
    • ‘For a system that boasts a dispassionate reliance on artistic brilliance as its arbiter, this anomaly is a crisis.’
    • ‘Incandescence by the way means a high degree of emotion, intensity and brilliance.’
    • ‘For the past week, one has heard the clarity and brilliance of his vision.’
    • ‘After six decades on the world's concert stages, Rosand's artistry and technical brilliance remain undiminished.’
    • ‘That a thirteen-year-old could play Beethoven with such accuracy and brilliance astonished the senses!’
    • ‘With understated brilliance, she uses typical photographic structures to picture atypical family groupings.’
    • ‘The dialogue is pitch-perfect, the acting a model of understated brilliance.’
    • ‘That's when you'll get that flash of brilliance.’
    • ‘We rarely hear Saint-Saëns for his piano music, except the brilliance of his second piano concerto.’
    • ‘The authority, stamina, cool brilliance, and power of Nilsson's singing are evident throughout these two discs.’
    • ‘Two of the ballet's encounters stood out, imbued with a kind of artistic brilliance befitting their underlying influence.’
    • ‘Where did the ambition and intellectual brilliance come from?’
    • ‘But then his intellectual brilliance is matched by his enigmatic personality - you can't be sure what he's really up to.’
    • ‘The strategic brilliance, wisdom and noble character of Washington made it possible, I believe.’
    • ‘We exalt effortless brilliance, we celebrate talent and the achievement that comes easily, naturally.’
    genius, prowess, mastery, skill, talent, ability, artistry, expertise, adeptness, aptitude, skilfulness, virtuosity, flair, finesse, panache, deftness, excellence, power, greatness, distinction
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