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Radiant

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Rádiant. adj. [radians, Lat.] Shining; brightly sparkling; emitting rays.

There was a sun of gold radiant upon the top, and before, a small cherub of gold with wings displayed. Bacon.

Mark what radiant state she spreads,
In circle round her shining throne,
Shooting her beams like silver threads,
This, this is she alone.
Milton's Arcades.

Virtue could see to do what virtue would
By her own radiant light, though sun and moon
Were in the flat sea sunk.
Milton.

I see the warlike host of heaven,
Radiant in glitt'ring arms and beamy pride,
Go forth to succour truth below.
Milton.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Milton, John (449)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Radiant." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: August 21, 2013. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=5925.


  1. The last quotation (“I see the warlike host of heaven…”) is not from Milton, but from Nicholas Rowe‘s The Royal Convert.

  2. Brandi on August 21st, 2013 at 9:01 pm

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