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great brightness; luster:
the brilliance of a fine diamond.
excellence or distinction; conspicuous talent, mental ability, etc.
splendor, elegance, or magnificence:
the brilliance of the court of Louis XIV.
Optics. that luminance of a body consisting of its saturation and brightness.
Contemporary Examples

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Philip Seymour Hoffman: An Actor First Tim Teeman February 1, 2014
‘The Office’ Used to Be a Great Show. No, Really! See Proof (VIDEO) Kevin Fallon May 13, 2013
Christopher Kennedy Lawford, Patrick Kennedy Talk Addiction, New Book Lloyd Grove January 8, 2013
When They Were Young Olivia Cole December 16, 2009

Historical Examples

A Journal from Japan Marie Carmichael Stopes
Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
Six Women Victoria Cross
The Colonial Architecture of Philadelphia Frank Cousins
Joseph Bonaparte John S. C. Abbott

great brightness; radiance
excellence or distinction in physical or mental ability; exceptional talent
splendour; magnificence: the brilliance of the royal court
(physics) a former term for luminance


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