brilliance


brilliance
brilliance 1755, from BRILLIANT (Cf. brilliant) (q.v.). Figurative sense (of wit, intelligence, etc.) is from 1779. Distinguished from BRILLIANCY (Cf. brilliancy) in that the latter usually is applied to things measurable in degrees.

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