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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BRILLIANCE

They achieve repartee the brilliance of which dazzles him to contemptible silence.

Toward the south the waves moved with great velocity and brilliance.

The sun shone with a brilliance that to such eyes as mine was a very mockery.

Their faces shone with a brilliance of awareness and he knew that they loved him.

For the brilliance of its social life there were several reasons.

And their brilliance penetrated the mists with ease at this distance of about two miles.

I don't know that I am completely reassured now, after beholding him in all his brilliance.

The match flared to a point of brilliance in the murky gloom.

He pointed to a tiny light which had suddenly flashed into brilliance.

When the wars began his lustreless spirit burst into brilliance.

WORD ORIGIN

1755, from brilliant + -ance. Figurative sense (of wit, intelligence, etc.) is from 1779. Distinguished from brilliancy in that the latter usually is applied to things measurable in degrees.

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