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Coruscation

[cor-ə-SKEY-shən]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Latin, 15th century

1.

A glittering or sparkling flash of light

2.

A striking display of wit

Examples of Coruscation in a sentence

"The disco ball shot a shimmering coruscation around the dance floor everytime the spotlight hit it."

"She impressed her dinner partner with a quick coruscation, explaining the art show they just saw."

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About Coruscation

Coruscation was initially used in the 15th century to describe flashes of light gleaming off the sea or clouds in the moonlight. It’s a sweet, romantic word that you can apply to anything from diamonds to a bedazzled jean jacket.

Did you Know?

The Latin verb “coruscare,” meaning to vibrate or glitter, is the origin of this word. Coruscation (a noun) is the occurrence of a flash of light, while "coruscate" is a verb, meaning to emit flashes of light. Then you can also use the figurative sense of the word and display your blindingly brilliant wit.

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