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Dec 8, 2022
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cherubic
nidus
pelagic
rutilant
tatterdemalion

rutilant
Illustration: Leah Palmer Preiss

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rutilant

PRONUNCIATION:
(ROOT-uh-luhnt)

MEANING:
adjective: Glowing, shining, or glittering with a red or golden light.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin rutilant, present participle of rutilare (to glow red), from rutilus (reddish). Earliest documented use: 1460.

USAGE:
“[Jerome Savary’s] shows are so richly staged and choreographed that each time you blink you miss some stage action, and so musically rutilant that you leave the theater slightly dazed.”
Katherine Knorr; A swingin’ Paris of the 40’s; International Herald Tribune (Paris, France); Nov 26, 2003.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
There are two kinds of light -- the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures. -James Thurber, writer and cartoonist (8 Dec 1894-1961)

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