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luminous
used in The Fountainhead

11 uses
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Definition
glowing or shining

(also used metaphorically to describe beauty or intelligence)
  • It was a large, bare room, made luminous by the clean glow of whitewash.
    1.1 — Part 1 Chapter 1 (28% in)
  • The sky was growing dark and luminous as blue-green glass; the buildings looked like clouds condensed on the glass, gray-blue clouds frozen for an instant in straight angles and vertical shafts, with the sunset caught in the spires....
    1.8 — Part 1 Chapter 8 (66% in)
  • And in that heightened state of luminous vision, his head nodding over a glass but his mind steady, he told himself that he had nothing to regret; he had done what anyone would have done; Catherine had said it, he was selfish; everybody was selfish; it was not a pretty thing, to be selfish, but he was not alone in it; he had merely been luckier than most; he had been, because he was better than most; he felt fine; he hoped the useless questions would never come back to him again; every...
    1.15 — Part 1 Chapter 15 (25% in)
  • The leaves hung without motion against a sky of polished lemon yellow; its luminous pallor emphasized that its light was failing.
    2.1 — Part 2 Chapter 1 (19% in)
  • Keating began, but Toohey smiled with a luminous sort of kindliness.
    2.3 — Part 2 Chapter 3 (99% in)
  • The place lay deserted, cut off from the world, dissolved in darkness; but the sky glowed, too luminous for the night below, as if the light had remained past the normal hour, in announcement of the coming spring.
    2.11 — Part 2 Chapter 11 (78% in)
  • The corners blurred, gathering darkness; the window remained luminous, evening light rising from the earth.
    3.5 — Part 3 Chapter 5 (59% in)
  • Wynand's eyes seemed whiter than usual, as if the blue had ebbed from the iris, two white ovals, luminous on his face.
    4.3 — Part 4 Chapter 3 (49% in)
  • Her voice had a luminous simplicity; she was being carried along, unresisting, any personal reaction would be superfluous, even pain or fear.
    4.4 — Part 4 Chapter 4 (52% in)
  • She walked down the hill and she found relief in the unnatural stillness of the earth around her, the stillness of full light without sun, of leaves without motion, of a luminous, waiting silence.
    4.9 — Part 4 Chapter 9 (18% in)
  • Then he saw the fit of fury he had expected for days and had thought safely sidetracked—the blue irises vanishing in a white smear, the blind, luminous eyeballs in a face that was all cavities, the trembling hands.
    4.15 — Part 4 Chapter 15 (53% in)

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