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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Sunday 19th August 2018
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incandescent (adjective) in-kan-DESS-ent

White-hot, glowing brightly, showing intense emotion.

She closed her eyes and arched blindly against him, let him guide her into another kind of darkness, where that unknown vortex of emotion, that powerful pull of attraction between them swirled and hypnotised, and this time the stars behind her eyelids were brilliant but softly incandescent, fireworks of intense delight, bursting in her head…

Rosalie Ash, Calypso's Island. Amazon

Other eyewitnesses depose that they observed an incandescent object of enormous proportions hurtling through the atmosphere at a terrifying velocity in a trajectory directed southwest by west.

James Joyce, Ulysses. Amazon

They are strong words, but I attended a public meeting last night at Menai and listened to some eminently reasonable people who are incandescent about criminal sentencing, law enforcement and the administration of justice in this State.

Mr Tink, NSW Hansard, 26 October 2001. NSW Hansard

Yet reviewing her as Donizetti’s Lucia at the City Opera in early 1970, Mr. Schonberg wrote: "The amazing thing about her Lucia is not so much the way she sings it, though that has moments of incandescent beauty, but the way she manages to make a living, breathing creature of the unhappy girl."

Anthony Thommasini, The New York Times, 3 July 2007. New York Times

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