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With that word the heat seemed to increase till it became a threatening weight and the lagoon attacked them with a blinding effulgence.
William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  radiating or as if radiating light
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effulgence effulgent
Word Confusion:  Do not confuse with "effluent" (waste water) or  "effluvium" (foul gas outflow).
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  • With that word the heat seemed to increase till it became a threatening weight and the lagoon attacked them with a blinding effulgence.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • A glowing effulgence seemed to swell out of nothing behind him …. like an incoming fireball.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • And beneath the effulgent Antarctic skies I have boarded the Argo-Navis, and joined the chase against the starry Cetus far beyond the utmost stretch of Hydrus and the Flying Fish.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • There was a soft effulgence in the east.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening

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  • With a fierce, guttural, scornful, disgusted oath, she strode across the room and threw open the three tall casement windows, letting inside an effulgent flood of sunlight and crisp fresh air that washed through the stuffy room like an invigorating tonic.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The inside was shining with an almost supernatural effulgence.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • It was hard to remember when one summer day after another broke with a cool effulgence over us, and there was a breath of widening life in the morning air—something hard to describe—an oxygen intoxicant, a shining northern paganism, some odor, some feeling so hopelessly promising that I would fall back in my bed on guard against it.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • The sun was low in the west, intensifying the fermented orange light until the Varden’s camp, the livid Jiet River, and the entirety of the Burning Plains glowed in the mad, marbled effulgence, as if in a scene from a lunatic’s dreams.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • It shone dimly with its own effulgence, and its colour was light green-blue.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • —That mantles the vista far and wide and wait till the glowing orb of the moon shine forth to irradiate her silver effulgence….
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses

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  • Suddenly, before an effulgent Titian, he found himself saying: "But I’m only fifty-seven—" and then he turned away.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Enough, then, that I not only recognised my natural body for the mere aura and effulgence of certain of the powers that made up my spirit, but managed to compound a drug by which these powers should be dethroned from their supremacy, and a second form and countenance substituted, none the less natural to me because they were the expression, and bore the stamp, of lower elements in my soul.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Thee next they sang of all creation first, Begotten Son, Divine Similitude, In whose conspicuous countenance, without cloud Made visible, the Almighty Father shines, Whom else no creature can behold; on thee Impressed the effulgence of his glory abides, Transfused on thee his ample Spirit rests.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • For lesser men she reduces her effulgence and permits herself to appear in forms concordant with their undeveloped powers.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • "You know you’re perfectly effulgent."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Owing, however, to a somewhat massive accumulation of animal substance about the lower region of his face, the look was, perhaps, unctuous rather than spiritual, and had, so to speak, a kind of fleshly effulgence, not altogether so satisfactory as he doubtless intended it to be.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • I mention these last three because my recollection of that night is only the sort of pinkish effulgence from the electric-lamps in the hotel lounge.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • But brilliant young ladies, a little blinded by their own effulgence, are apt to forget that the modest satellite drowned in their light is still performing its own revolutions and generating heat at its own rate.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Its steeples and towers and its one great dome grow more ethereal; its smoky house-tops lose their grossness in the pale effulgence; the noises that arise from the streets are fewer and are softened, and the footsteps on the pavements pass more tranquilly away.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • By this time, the canoe had drifted so far as to render nothing visible to Deerslayer, as he lay on his back, except the blue void of space, and a few of those brighter rays that proceed from the effulgence of the sun, marking his proximity.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • For he was young too, and perhaps not wholly unaware that the solemn explanations with which he dispelled her bogus biblical doubts were completely at odds with the thrilling promise he held out in his effulgent emerald eyes.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • (Lyrical.) An hour ago (he looks at his watch, prosaic) roughly (lyrical) after having poured forth even since (he hesitates, prosaic) say ten o’clock in the morning (lyrical) tirelessly torrents of red and white light it begins to lose its effulgence, to grow pale (gesture of the two hands lapsing by stages) pale, ever a little paler, a little paler until (dramatic pause, ample gesture of the two hands flung wide apart) pppfff!
    Samuel Beckett  --  Waiting for Godot
  • The clear, kingly effulgence that had characterized the majority expressed a heath and furze country like their own, which in one direction extended an unlimited number of miles; the rapid flares and extinctions at other points of the compass showed the lightest of fuel—straw, beanstalks, and the usual waste from arable land.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • I see the sky, softly feathered with its sudden effulgence of moon.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • When she went outside again daylight was still strong and the afterglow of sunset was spreading in beautiful effulgence over the western sky.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • She looked at him, but his eyes were resolutely fixed on the window; it was flooded with the effulgence of the morning sun rising above the harbor.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Each hillock, every rock, every stone, every asperity of the soil had its share of the luminous effulgence, and its shadow fell heavily on the soil.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • These appeared to be mere steps leading her sight farther and higher to the cloud-navigated sky, where rosy and golden effulgence betokened the sun and the east.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • The wild eyes blazed with a too—too glorious effulgence; the pale fingers became of the transparent waxen hue of the grave, and the blue veins upon the lofty forehead swelled and sank impetuously with the tides of the gentle emotion.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  Ligeia
  • Surely it is not possible to feel otherwise, any more than it would be possible for a man with cataract to regret the painful process by which his dim blurred sight of men as trees walking had been exchanged for clear outline and effulgent day.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • Lingering there a moment, the eye resumed its climbing, going next to the Gentiles’ Court, then to the Israelites’ Court, then to the Women’s Court, then to the Court of the Priests, each a pillared tier of white marble, one above the other in terraced retrocession; over them all a crown of crowns infinitely sacred, infinitely beautiful, majestic in proportions, effulgent with beaten gold—lo! the Tent, the Tabernacle, the Holy of Holies.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Time someone thought about it instead of gassing about the what was it the pensive bosom of the silver effulgence.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • My eyes, wholly unused to the effulgence of light, could not bear the sudden brightness; and I was compelled to close them.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • I just saw the pink effulgence, the cane tables, the palms, the globular match-holders, the indented ash-trays.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • But the miracle of miracles was that though all exploded, all was nevertheless thereby renewed, revivified, and made glorious with the effulgence of true being.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Moonlight silver effulgence.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Skies the most effulgent but basket the deadliest thunders: gorgeous Cuba knows tornadoes that never swept tame northern lands.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • She sat holding it in her hand, while the music penetrated her whole being like an effulgence, warming and brightening the dark places of her soul.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • The future looked wonderful, and General Peckem contemplated his bright new colonel enchantedly with an effulgent smile.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Freddy, barely out of college, had risen above the horizon since Lily’s eclipse, and she now saw with surprise what an effulgence he shed on the outer twilight of Mrs. Hatch’s existence.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • It soared, a bird, it held its flight, a swift pure cry, soar silver orb it leaped serene, speeding, sustained, to come, don’t spin it out too long long breath he breath long life, soaring high, high resplendent, aflame, crowned, high in the effulgence symbolistic, high, of the etherial bosom, high, of the high vast irradiation everywhere all soaring all around about the all, the endlessnessnessness….
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Thus when with meats and drinks they had sufficed, Not burdened nature, sudden mind arose In Adam, not to let the occasion pass Given him by this great conference to know Of things above his world, and of their being Who dwell in Heaven, whose excellence he saw Transcend his own so far; whose radiant forms, Divine effulgence, whose high power, so far Exceeded human; and his wary speech Thus to the empyreal minister he framed.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Effulgence of my glory, Son beloved, Son, in whose face invisible is beheld Visibly, what by Deity I am; And in whose hand what by decree I do, Second Omnipotence! two days are past, Two days, as we compute the days of Heaven, Since Michael and his Powers went forth to tame These disobedient: Sore hath been their fight, As likeliest was, when two such foes met armed; For to themselves I left them; and thou knowest, Equal in their creation they were formed, Save what sin hath impaired;…
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • the effulgent daffodils
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