Definition of brilliance in English:


(also brilliancy)


  • 1Intense brightness of light.

    ‘the nights were dark, lit only by the brilliance of Aegean stars’
    • ‘Mia cried out in surprise of the brilliance of the light while the vampire hissed fiercely.’
    • ‘Every now and then, there emerges a star, which, by its sheer brilliance, throws light far from where it originated.’
    • ‘She saw the ripples in the water flowing towards that light, towards the brilliance in the dark.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is as if all my cells respond to their brilliance and become light too.’
    • ‘Closer to the moon, the numbers of the stars dwindled for the brilliance of the light from the moon overrode it.’
    • ‘In truth, space is a very bright place with incalculable flashes of brilliance filling trillions upon trillions of light years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But I couldn't see anything - just a bright brilliance.’
    • ‘The sun caught a piece of quartz in the granite and lit the brilliance embedded there.’
    • ‘The sky was clear, the sky velvet black, the stars hard in their brilliance.’
    • ‘The brilliance of exploding stars flares across our room.’
    • ‘It seemed almost a torch of brilliance, a flaring star in the night sky.’
    • ‘As the morning sun shined brightly the sea reflected it's brilliance, sparkling in every direction.’
    • ‘They continued to grow in size and brilliance until the lights of the bay area filled the windows around him.’
    • ‘The blue light flashed its brilliance once more, and the library faded back in existence around them.’
    • ‘The rounded flakes, with less surface area to reflect light, lose brilliance.’
    • ‘Additionally, the crystal was intensifying the light from her flashlight, and the resulting brilliance was near-blinding.’
    brightness, vividness, intensity
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    1. 1.1Vividness of color.
      • ‘Up in the ceiling, spherical crystals of light bars radiated a brilliance of pale white.’
      • ‘I tried to scan some of the slides and they lost quite a bit of their stunning colours and brilliancy.’
      • ‘The colours which give brilliancy to the sketch are part of the charm.’
      • ‘They were a red brilliance and gave the whole stone flooring a colour of blood.’
      • ‘It hurt her deeply to see that they were faded, their intense, beautiful brilliancy had died away, green fading to gray…’
      • ‘Henry's natural inspiration partially comes from the excitement, brilliance and magnificence from the art world.’
      brightness, vividness, intensity
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    2. 1.2Exceptional talent or intelligence.
      ‘he's played the stock market with great brilliance’
      • ‘With understated brilliance, she uses typical photographic structures to picture atypical family groupings.’
      • ‘We exalt effortless brilliance, we celebrate talent and the achievement that comes easily, naturally.’
      • ‘This wealth of sample-worthy material draws Axelrod's brilliance to light even further.’
      • ‘During a long job interview process, consistency counts much more than flashes of brilliance.’
      • ‘The dialogue is pitch-perfect, the acting a model of understated brilliance.’
      • ‘This is a trait far rarer than brilliance and wit.’
      • ‘But there is a sort of understated, brilliance to this funk track, more easily appreciated after several listenings.’
      • ‘It's intellectually stimulating and continually entertaining with moments of brilliance that will stay with you.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We rarely hear Saint-Saëns for his piano music, except the brilliance of his second piano concerto.’
      • ‘However the Clan has shown flashes of brilliance this season, and a strong finish is not out of their reach.’
      • ‘The authority, stamina, cool brilliance, and power of Nilsson's singing are evident throughout these two discs.’
      • ‘Incandescence by the way means a high degree of emotion, intensity and 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.’
      • ‘For the past week, one has heard the clarity and brilliance of his vision.’
      • ‘That's when you'll get that flash of brilliance.’
      • ‘Beyond all that, he has an extraordinary sense of brilliance in shaping the film.’
      • ‘Two of the ballet's encounters stood out, imbued with a kind of artistic brilliance befitting their underlying influence.’
      • ‘For a system that boasts a dispassionate reliance on artistic brilliance as its arbiter, this anomaly is a crisis.’
      • ‘Where did the ambition and intellectual brilliance come from?’
      genius, prowess, mastery, skill, talent, ability, artistry, expertise, adeptness, aptitude, skilfulness, virtuosity, flair, finesse, panache, deftness, excellence, power, greatness, distinction
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