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English noun: brilliance

1. brilliance (attribute) a light within the field of vision that is brighter than the brightness to which the eyes are adapted

SamplesA glare of sunlight.

Synonymsblaze, glare

Broader (hypernym)brightness

2. brilliance (attribute) the quality of being magnificent or splendid or grand

SamplesFor magnificence and personal service there is the Queen's hotel.
His `Hamlet' lacks the brilliance that one expects.
It is the university that gives the scene its stately splendor.
An imaginative mix of old-fashioned grandeur and colorful art.
Advertisers capitalize on the grandness and elegance it brings to their products.

Synonymsgrandeur, grandness, magnificence, splendor, splendour

Broader (hypernym)elegance

Narrower (hyponym)eclat

3. brilliance (cognition) unusual mental ability


Broader (hypernym)intelligence

Narrower (hyponym)coruscation, pyrotechnics, scintillation

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