July 21, 2016
resplendent (adjective)
\rih-SPLEN-dunt\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: so bright as to seem to glow
How do you use it?
"Gilderoy Lockhart was walking onto the stage, resplendent in robes of deep plum and accompanied by none other than Snape, wearing his usual black." (J. K. Rowling, _Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets_)
Are you a word wiz?

"Resplendent" traces back to the Latin word "resplendere," which in turn is a combination of the prefix "re-" and "splendere." Which of the following do you think is the correct meaning of "splendere"?

We're happy to shine some light on this mystery: "splendere" is Latin for "to shine." This Latin root has also given us the words "splendor," meaning "great brightness," "pomp, glory," and "something splendid"; and "splendid," meaning "brilliant," "excellent," and "impressive in beauty, grandeur, or excellence." Another word from "splendere" that looks very similar to today's Buzzword is the now-rare word "splendent." This word means both "shining, glossy," as in "splendent luster," and "illustrious, brilliant," as in "splendent scholars." It's a fun word, but you're not likely to come across it very often.
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