Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BRIGHTER

She was brighter than she had been for days, more interested.

But brighter than all glittered the silver scarfs which Arabs begged us to buy.

Suddenly, too, the world took to his eyes a brighter and fairer aspect.

If you look at the dark side first, the other seems all the brighter.

About noon the sky began to clear; it grew brighter and brighter.

The sunlight was quite different from the evening sunlight, so much lighter and brighter.

The flowers along the vista, brighter than the victor-wreaths at its close.

The earth swallowed all their rays, and was no brighter for it.

The sun was nearer the horizon now, and the red glow was brighter.

He must have been so much kindlier then and brighter, more human to live with.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English bryht, by metathesis from beorht "bright; splendid; clear-sounding; beautiful; divine," from Proto-Germanic *berhta- "bright" (cf. Old Saxon berht, Old Norse bjartr, Old High German beraht, Gothic bairhts "bright"), from PIE root *bhereg- "to gleam, white" (cf. Sanskrit bhrajate "shines, glitters," Lithuanian breksta "to dawn," Welsh berth "bright, beautiful"). Meaning "quick-witted" is from 1741.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.