Etymology
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brilliance (n.)

"quality of being brilliant," 1755, from brilliant + -ance. Figurative sense (of wit, intelligence, etc.) is from 1779. Distinguished from brilliancy in that the latter usually is applied to things measurable in degrees.

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Definitions of brilliance

brilliance (n.)
a light within the field of vision that is brighter than the brightness to which the eyes are adapted;
Synonyms: glare / blaze
brilliance (n.)
the quality of being magnificent or splendid or grand;
his `Hamlet' lacks the brilliance that one expects
brilliance (n.)
unusual mental ability;
Synonyms: genius
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