One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
shining, bright, illuminated, lit, lighted, brilliant, gleaming, glowing, ablaze, luminous, luminescent, lustrous, incandescent, glittering, sparkling, coruscating, dazzling, flashing, shimmeringView synonyms
- ‘A large, single crystal of translucent, rich purple, measuring 4.5 cm across sits on a matrix of splendent sphalerite with orange highlights.’
- ‘Most sphalerite crystals from the replacement orebodies are opaque, splendent black crystals - typically only the thinnest edges transmit light.’
- ‘The luster of local material varies from splendent metallic to dull and ocherous.’
- ‘The partial inclusions of hematite take the form of microscopic rosettes of thin, splendent blue-black plates (pers. observation).’
- 1.1 Illustrious; great.
impressive, imposing, grand, splendid, magnificent, spectacular, breathtaking, superb, marvellous, wonderful, outstanding, dazzling, stunning, amazing, staggering, sensational, dramatic, awesome, awe-inspiring, eye-catching, picturesqueView synonyms
- ‘The product range is undoubtedly enviable: and is recognized for its splendent design, versatility and craftmanship.’
- ‘The kit is full of splendent elements, really versatile and useful for catching everyday moments or those one-offs.’
- ‘The snow is so dazzling and splendent when the sun rises, especially in March.’
Late 15th century: from Latin splendent- ‘shining’, from the verb splendere.
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