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Postby Slava » Tue Apr 26, 2011 7:56 pm gives us this:

1. harshly critical
2. of, involving, or resembling thunder and lightning

As we're having our first spate of thunderstorms of the season here, I thought this was a good word to be able to bandy about. I like the first definition, too.

A pair of related words is fulgurate and fulgurous, darting about like, or being related to, lightning. I was wondering if one might be able to tell their rambunctious children to calm down and stop fulgurating about the house.
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Postby MTC » Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:44 pm

"Splendid" choice. There is a radiance of words with this root. To name a few:

Shining around or about.

1. Exploding or detonating.
2. In pathology, occurring suddenly, rapidly, and with great severity or intensity.

1. Radiance; brightness.
2. A brilliant radiance.
3. The state of being effulgent; extreme brilliancy; a flood of light; great luster or brightness; splendor.

But consider their dim relation:

fu.lig.i.nous \fyu.-'lij-*-n*s\ aj [LL fuliginosus, fr. L fuligin-, fuligo
soot; akin to L fu]mus smoke
2: having a dark
or dusky color - av

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Postby LukeJavan8 » Thu Apr 28, 2011 1:08 pm

I most often connect this word with the last above:
sooty, smelly, pollution. I don't know why when there
are so many better definitions.
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