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


Never had Christian war assumed a more splendid or imposing aspect.

Here was a picture, a more splendid one than she had ever yet seen.

Remember that Absalom's hair was not more splendid than his habits were despicable.

I scarcely know,” I replied: “I never saw a more splendid turn-out.

Or if he could have made it "newer," could he have made it more splendid and appealing?

Why, the jewels in the scabbard are more splendid than the big ruby in his crown!

But here, in my yawl on the sea, was more splendid than these.

The more I think of your medusa-nerve-work the more splendid it seems to me.

In the same manner they reached a more splendid and larger room.

Society is established with us on a wider and more splendid scale.


1620s, probably a shortening of earlier splendidious (early 15c.), from Latin splendidus "magnificent, brilliant," from splendere "be bright, shine, gleam, glisten," from PIE *(s)plend- "bright" (cf. Lithuanian splendziu "I shine," Middle Irish lainn "bright"). An earlier form was splendent (late 15c.).