July 21, 2016
- resplendent (adjective)
- 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.