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From pro- + Latin fulgeō (to shine).


  • IPA(key): /pɹəˈfʌld͡ʒənt/


profulgent (comparative more profulgent, superlative most profulgent)

  1. (obsolete) Shining forth; brilliant; effulgent.
    • a. 1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, Nine Ladies Worthie:
      profulgent in preciousness
    • 1830, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “[Juvenilia.] Supposed Confessions of a Second-rate Sensitive Mind”, in The Works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate, volume I, London: Macmillan and Co., published 1884, →OCLC, page 16:
      Truth may stand forth unmoved of change, / An image with profulgent brows, / And perfect limbs, []

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for “profulgent”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.)