brilliancy 1747; see BRILLIANT (Cf. brilliant) + -CY (Cf. -cy).

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  • brilliancy — noun a) a shining quality; brilliance. His brilliancy lay in combining old ideas from far flung fields into a new idea. b) An act of being brilliant …   Wiktionary

  • brilliancy — brilliant ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of light or colour) very bright or vivid. 2) exceptionally clever or talented. 3) Brit. informal excellent; marvellous. DERIVATIVES brilliance (also brilliancy) noun brilliantly adverb. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • brilliancy — noun (plural cies) Date: 1747 1. brilliance 2. an instance of brilliance …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • brilliancy — /bril yeuhn see/, n., pl. brilliancies for 1. 1. an instance of brilliance: the brilliancies of Congreve s wit. 2. brilliance. [1740 50; BRILLI(ANT) + ANCY] * * * …   Universalium

  • brilliancy — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun 1. Exceptional brightness and clarity, as of a cut and polished stone: brilliance, fire, luminosity, radiance. See LIGHT. 2. Liveliness and vivacity of imagination: brilliance, fire, genius, inspiration. See GOOD. 3.… …   English dictionary for students

  • brilliancy — n. brightness; glitter, splendor; intelligence, cleverness, ingenuity, capability …   English contemporary dictionary

  • brilliancy — n. 1. Splendor, lustre, brightness, effulgence, refulgence, radiance, shine, sheen, gloss, glister, glitter, gleam, sparkle, sparkling, brilliance. 2. Fame, illustriousness, renown, distinction, eminence, celebrity, prominence, excellence,… …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • brilliancy — bril·lian·cy …   English syllables

  • brilliancy — bril•lian•cy [[t]ˈbrɪl yən si[/t]] n. pl. cies 1) an instance of brilliance 2) brilliance • Etymology: 1740–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • brilliancy — var. of BRILLIANCE …   Useful english dictionary

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