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Sep 1, 2011
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Miscellaneous words

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recondite
cicatrize
perspicuous
refulgent
plenary

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refulgent

PRONUNCIATION:
(ri-FUHL-juhnt)

MEANING:
adjective: Shining brilliantly.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin refulgere (to radiate light, to reflect), from re- (back) + fulgere (to shine). Ultimately from the Indo-European root bhel- (to shine or burn), which is also the source of blaze, blank, blond, bleach, blanket, and flame. Earliest documented use: before 1500.

USAGE:
"Michael slowly walked into the water yesterday, his board tucked under his arm, and his sun-kissed blond hair refulgent even in the dull light."
Mark Bode; Surf Tribute Farewells a Great Dad; The Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia); May 9, 2011.

See more usage examples of refulgent in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Do not keep the slanderer away, / treat him with affection and honor: / Body and soul, he scours all clean, / babbling about this and that. -Kabir, reformer, poet (late 15th century)

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