Definition of brilliance in English:

brilliance

(also brilliancy)

noun

mass noun
  • 1Intense brightness of light.

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

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

brilliance

/ˈbrɪlj(ə)ns/