AskDefine | Define brilliance

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1 great brightness; "a glare of sunlight"; "the flowers were a blaze of color" [syn: glare, blaze]
2 the quality of being magnificent or splendid or grand [syn: magnificence, splendor, splendour, grandeur, grandness]
3 unusual mental ability [syn: genius]

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  1. The quality of being exceptionally effulgent (giving off light).
  2. The quality of having extraordinary mental capacity.
  3. In the context of "mostly|_|UK": Magnificence; resplendence.

Derived terms


The quality of being exceptionally effulgent
The quality of having extraordinary mental capacity
Magnificence; resplendence

Extensive Definition

Brilliance may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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