Word of the day: Foudroyant

Dazzling or stunning.

Literally. It’s from the French word for “to strike by lightning”.

The crepuscular evening gray was shattered by a foudroyant thunderstorm.

TMI moment: The etymology reminded me of the word fulgent – shining brightly, radiant. So I looked that up too. My old American Heritage lists the origin of foudroyant as “fulgere, to flash” and the origin of fulgent as “fulgere, to shine”. Where are their copyeditors?!

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