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He fell conspicuously, illustriously, between the reviewers who reviled him, and the public who would have none of him.

He is the present chieftain of the McGregor clan, which figures so illustriously in the history of Scotland.

WORD ORIGIN

1560s, from Latin illustris "lighted, bright, brilliant;" figuratively "distinguished, famous," probably a back-formation from illustrare "embellish, distinguish, make famous" (see illustration). Sometimes also illustrous. Replaced illustre in same sense (mid-15c.), from Middle French illustre.

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