Luminous vs Brightsome - What's the difference?

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Luminous is a synonym of brightsome.

As adjectives the difference between luminous and brightsome

is that luminous is emitting light; glowing brightly while brightsome is (archaic) bright in appearance, shining.



(en adjective)
  • emitting light; glowing brightly
  • brightly illuminated
  • Synonyms

    * beamful

    Derived terms

    * luminous paint * luminosity




    (en adjective)
  • (archaic) Bright in appearance, shining.
  • * , The Jew of Malta , act 2:
  • But rather let the brightsome heavens be dim,
    And nature's beauty choke with stifling clouds,
    Than my fair Abigail should frown on me.
  • * 1869 , , Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor , ch. 45:
  • [A]ll the shifts of cloud and sun, all the difference between black death and brightsome liveliness, scarcely may suggest or equal Lorna's transformation.
  • * 1922 , , "The Wood Fire" in Late Lyrics and Earlier :
  • This is a brightsome blaze you've lit good friend, to-night!
  • * 2008 , Paul S. Sunga, Red Dust, Red Sky , ISBN 9781550503708, p. 117:
  • The few chairs and the low table had been stripped of paint to reveal the brightsome grain of pine wood.

    Usage notes

    * The Oxford English Dictionary'' suggests that this is a less definite term than (bright), "leaving more to the imagination".''Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd ed., 1989.


    * brilliant, luminous

    Derived terms

    * brightsomeness


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