Definition of coruscating in US English:



  • 1Flashing; sparkling.

    ‘a coruscating kaleidoscope of colors’
    • ‘Each dive in the Cove was a life-changing experience - a coruscating kaleidoscope of natural beauty that left him strangely diminished.’
    • ‘Inspired by the client's guitar collection, the coruscating variations in colour and texture have a hypnotically intense, painterly quality.’
    • ‘Kohl around her eyes and mascara on her lashes brought out the coruscating silver of her eyes, making them enormous.’
    • ‘He didn't see the green coruscating light surge outward.’
    • ‘If Ground Level was a land of perpetual night, then Top Level was the opposite; a playground of coruscating light.’
    • ‘Her hand rose, clenched into a fist, and a brilliant red-gold beam of crackling, coruscating light soared up into the sky and set it ablaze with Imperial flame.’
    • ‘A coruscating stream of gems cascades from an ornate chandelier above, surrounded by birds.’
    • ‘Backup people and machinery complemented the operation which sometimes seemed to look like the ultimate coruscating pinball machine.’
    • ‘Lincoln's battle suit was crippled by the coruscating flames of magic blasted forth.’
    • ‘He sent a faint trickle of his power into the stone, and sighed with pleasure as the coruscating fire inside the ruby increased.’
    • ‘The new silver crown is like a coruscating jewel in the string of ornaments.’
    • ‘The coruscating bolt slammed into him, engulfing him in a storm of elements.’
    • ‘The delicate bracelet was a bright color of coruscating gold.’
    • ‘He howls at the coruscating light that burns down the stars.’
    • ‘Once he saw that she was satisfied, he allowed himself to travel to the same place, and a bright red ball of coruscating light erupted in his mind and body.’
    sparkling, shining, bright, brilliant, gleaming, glittering, twinkling, scintillating, flashing, shimmering, shimmery
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    1. 1.1 Brilliant or striking in content or style.
      ‘the play's coruscating wit’
      • ‘But for reasons entirely his own, he had waited there in the negligible dark of the prison, waited with only his coruscating thoughts and the company of his most inward of personalities for amusement.’
      • ‘A coruscating debut for Spain against Portugal last September added a couple of million euros to his valuation and, soon after, he destroyed Real Madrid in a 4-1 victory over the Castillan giants by Sevilla.’
      • ‘Last year, he scored more international runs than anybody - 2,657 runs in Tests and one-dayers combined - and crowned Australia's World Cup win with a coruscating century against India in the final.’
      • ‘A tripping, folkish vocal stitched to a coruscating harmony produces an endlessly pleasant bump that has simplicity written all over it, but is still hopelessly infectious.’
      • ‘The avid Spike Milligan reader, who is almost as well known for making Goons of media men with his caustic and coruscating wit as his managerial exploits, also wrote ‘comedy bits and bobs’ and explored many other hinterlands.’
      • ‘The coruscating intellect, his forensic examination of the Scott Report, and now his equally devastating critique of the government's decision to wage war on Iraq, are testament to his unique abilities in government and in opposition.’
      • ‘Two years later, America's Greg Lemond - another man who recovered from near-fatality - ousted the leader Laurent Fignon on a coruscating final stage in Paris… by six seconds.’
      • ‘Both mainlined the European novel of ideas into the veins of American literature and infused it with a coruscating, high-octane style.’
      • ‘She never recanted - too fearful of losing the Duchess's abolitionist support - but unwittingly played a pivotal role in giving the Highland Scot a voice by provoking MacLeod's coruscating riposte.’
      • ‘But he then articulated those times via some of the most potent and coruscating protest songs ever written that made him - in a phrase he hated - the voice of his generation.’
      • ‘Their follow-up is a coruscating and triumphant record, all the more amazing because the band produced it themselves.’
      • ‘As far as Hicks's recorded legacy goes, there are other albums that better represent his subversive wit, coruscating rage, and the button-pushing obscenity on which the Bill Hicks legend is founded.’
      • ‘Geers is an artist with insights of coruscating brilliance, a true ‘virus at the heart of the beast’.’
      • ‘Beginning with the sound of needle hitting vinyl, the 11 minute Fur Immer began by recapturing Hallogallo's spell - yet added dramatic waves of coruscating guitar lines thus providing even more texture and drama.’
      • ‘In the next game he tried even harder and scored 55 points in a game of coruscating brilliance, one of the great individual performances in any team sport.’
      • ‘It is beautifully played, and the haunting conclusion has rarely sounded more mournful; but the Latvian conductor is no less coruscating than his colleagues in Shostakovich's bitter, raucous humour.’
      • ‘In the La Cenerentola finale, Berganza's humanity shines through - Cinderella's kindness is not forgotten in the coruscating brilliance of her happiness.’
      • ‘And I wanted to say that my stories were about the reverse: a world of absolute morality, in conflict with the coruscating individuality of contemporary fabulous Americans.’
      • ‘I am a sucker for film scores - the entire genre is like a lush island where the late German Romantic symphonic tradition retreated to thrive, away from the coruscating glare of modernism.’
      • ‘By choosing the best of more than 7,000 of Kipling's missives, and adding scholarly notes and index, Thomas Pinney has performed an invaluable service for students of this coruscating writer and his turbulent times.’
      brilliant, dazzling, scintillating, exhilarating, stimulating, invigorating
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  • 2Severely critical; scathing.

    ‘his coruscating attack on the Prime Minister’
    ‘a coruscating denunciation of political opportunism’
    devastating, withering, blistering, extremely critical, searing, scorching, fierce, ferocious, savage, severe, stinging, biting, cutting, mordant, trenchant, virulent, caustic, vitriolic, scornful, sharp, bitter, acid, harsh, unsparing
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