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bright (adjective)
1.
a) radiating or reflecting light - shining sparkling bright lights bright eyes
b) - sunny a bright day , also radiant with happiness - bright smiling faces bright moments
2.
- illustrious glorious brightest star of the opera
3.
- beautiful
4.
of high saturation or lightness - bright colors
5.
a) - lively cheerful be bright and jovial among your guests Shakespeare
b) - intelligent clever a bright idea bright children
6.
- auspicious promising bright prospects for the future
bright (noun)
a bright color - usually used in plural rich earth tones and crisp brights Patricia Peterson
Bright (biographical name)
John 1811–1889 Eng. orator & statesman
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
bright (adjective)
1.
giving off or reflecting much light
SYNONIMS:
beaming, bedazzling, brilliant, candescent, clear, dazzling, effulgent, fulgent, glowing, incandescent, lambent, lucent, lucid, luminous, lustrous, radiant, refulgent, sheeny, shining, shiny, splendid
RELATED WORDS:
ablaze, ardent, blazing, burning, combusting, fiery, flaming, red-hot; agleam, aglitter, blinding, coruscant, flaring, flashing, flickering, gemmy, glancing, glaring, gleaming, glimmering, glinting, glistening, glistering, glittering, scintillant, scintillating, shimmering, shimmery, sparkling, sunny, twinkling, winking; burnished, polished, shined; superbright, ultrabright
NEAR ANTONYMS:
blackened, dark, darkened, darkish, darkling, darksome, dimmed, dusky, gloomy, lightless, murky, obscure, obscured, pitch-black, pitch-dark, somber ( sombre), sunless, tenebrous, unlit; cloudy, shadowlike, shadowy, shady; gray ( grey), leaden, pale, palish
dim, dull, lackluster, unbright, unbrilliant
bright (adjective)
2.
filled with much light
SYNONIMS:
ablaze, alight, brightened, illuminated, illumined, light, lightsome, lit ( lighted)
RELATED WORDS:
floodlit ( floodlighted), highlighted, spotlighted ( spotlit); ignited, kindled; moonlit, shiny, sunlit, sunny, sunshiny
NEAR ANTONYMS:
gloomy, somber ( sombre), sunless; cloudy, murky, obscured, shadowlike, shadowy; gray ( grey), leaden, pale; lightproof
blackened, dark, darkened, darkish, darkling, dimmed, dusk, dusky, lightless, pitch-black, pitch-dark, tenebrous, unlit
bright (adjective)
3.
having or showing a good mood or disposition
SYNONIMS:
blithe, blithesome, bright, buoyant, canty, cheery, chipper, eupeptic, gay, gladsome, lightsome, sunny, upbeat, winsome
RELATED WORDS:
hopeful, optimistic, rosy, sanguine; animated, chirpy, jaunty, lilting, lively, perky, sprightful, sprightly, vivacious; carefree, careless, cavalier, devil-may-care, easygoing, happy-go-lucky, insouciant, lighthearted, unconcerned; boon, gleeful, jocund, jolly, jovial, merry, mirthful; blissful, delighted, glad, gratified, happy, joyful, joyous, pleased, satisfied, tickled; beaming, grinning, laughing, smiling
NEAR ANTONYMS:
joyless, sad, unhappy, unsatisfied; dull, lethargic, listless, sluggish, torpid; blue, brokenhearted, crestfallen, dejected, depressed, despondent, disconsolate, disheartened, down, downcast, downhearted, droopy, forlorn, hangdog, heavyhearted, inconsolable, low, low-spirited, melancholy, mirthless, sorrowful
dour, gloomy, glum, morose, saturnine, sulky, sullen
bright (adjective)
4.
having or showing quickness of mind
SYNONIMS:
alert, brainy, bright, brilliant, clever, exceptional, fast, hyperintelligent, keen, nimble, quick, quick-witted, sharp, sharp-witted, smart, supersmart, ultrasmart
RELATED WORDS:
apt, ingenious, resourceful; acute, astute, discerning, heady, insightful, knowing, perceptive, percipient, perspicacious, sagacious, sapient, savvy, wise; cerebral, erudite, genial, highbrow, knowledgeable, learned, literate, scholarly, well-read; educated, informed, schooled, skilled, trained; creative, inventive, judicious, prudent, sage, sane, sapient, sensible, sound, wise; crafty, cunning, foxy, shrewd, wily; logical, rational, reasonable
NEAR ANTONYMS:
feebleminded, simpleminded; boobish, foolish, half-baked, idiotic ( idiotical), imbecile ( imbecilic), moronic, silly; ignorant, illiterate, lowbrow, nonintellectual, unacademic, uneducated, uninformed, unintellectual, untaught, unthinking; absurd, asinine, balmy, cockeyed, crackpot, crazy, cuckoo, daffy, daft, dippy, dotty, featherheaded, fool, half-baked, harebrained, insane, kooky ( kookie), loony ( looney), lunatic, mad, nonsensical, nutty, preposterous, sappy, screwball, tomfool, unwise, wacky ( whacky), zany
airheaded, birdbrained, boneheaded, brain-dead, brainless, bubbleheaded, chuckleheaded, dense, dim, dim-witted, doltish, dopey ( dopy), dorky [], dull, dumb, dunderheaded, empty-headed, fatuous, gormless [], half-witted, knuckleheaded, lamebrain ( lamebrained), lunkheaded, mindless, obtuse, opaque, pinheaded, senseless, simple, slow, slow-witted, soft, softheaded, stupid, thick, thickheaded, thick-witted, unbrilliant, unintelligent, unsmart, vacuous, weak-minded, witless
bright (adjective)
5.
having qualities which inspire hope
SYNONIMS:
auspicious, bright, encouraging, fair, golden, heartening, likely, optimistic, promising, propitious, roseate, rose-colored, rosy, upbeat
RELATED WORDS:
cheering, comforting, reassuring, soothing; assured, confident, decisive, doubtless, positive, sure, unhesitating; beamish, bullish, eupeptic; favorable, good
NEAR ANTONYMS:
cheerless, comfortless; doubtful, dubious, uncertain; bearish, grim, negative, unfavorable; funereal, glum, gray ( grey), miserable, wretched
bleak, dark, depressing, desperate, discouraging, disheartening, dismal, downbeat, dreary, gloomy, hopeless, inauspicious, pessimistic, unencouraging, unlikely, unpromising, unpropitious
bright (adjective)
6.
pointing toward a happy outcome
SYNONIMS:
auspicious, bright, encouraging, golden, heartening, hopeful, promising, propitious
RELATED WORDS:
fortunate, fortuitous, happy, lucky, providential; advantageous, beneficial, profitable, prosperous, salutary
NEAR ANTONYMS:
unfortunate, unhappy, unlucky; calamitous, catastrophic, disastrous, fatal, ruinous; baleful, dark, dire, direful, doomy, foreboding, gloomy, ill, ill-boding, menacing, minatory, ominous, portentous, sinister, threatening
dim, discouraging, disheartening, futureless, hopeless, inauspicious, unfavorable, unpromising, unpropitious
bright (adjective)
7.
serving to lift one's spirits
SYNONIMS:
bright, cheering, cheery, gay, glad
RELATED WORDS:
gladdening, heartening, heartwarming; gleaming, radiant, sparkling
NEAR ANTONYMS:
discouraging, disheartening; colorless, drab, dull, lackluster, lusterless; black, desolate, dispiriting
bleak, cheerless, dark, depressing, dismal, dreary, gloomy, gray ( grey)
bright (adjective)
8.
standing above others in rank, importance, or achievement
SYNONIMS:
astral, bright, distinguished, illustrious, luminous, noble, notable, noteworthy, outstanding, preeminent, prestigious, redoubtable, signal, star, superior
RELATED WORDS:
celebrated, exalted, famed, famous, glorious, honored, renowned, reputable; infamous, notorious; dominant, paramount, predominant
NEAR ANTONYMS:
insignificant, minor, unimportant; average, inferior, mediocre; obscure, uncelebrated, unsung
bright (adjective)
9.
having or being an outward sign of good feelings (as of love, confidence, or happiness)
SYNONIMS:
aglow, beaming, bright, glowing, sunny
RELATED WORDS:
brilliant, dazzling, effulgent, gleaming, luminous, refulgent, shining, starry; blithe, blithesome, bright, cheerful, cheery, chipper, gay, gladsome, lightsome, merry, mirthful, optimistic, upbeat; jocund, jovial, laughing, smiling; blooming, rosy; blissful, chuffed [], delighted, gratified, happy, joyful, joyous, pleased, satisfied, thankful, tickled
NEAR ANTONYMS:
blank, flat, listless, stoic ( stoical), unemotional; black, dark, darkening, depressing, dismal, gloomy, glum, gray ( grey), melancholy, sullen; frowning, glaring, glowering, lowering ( louring), scowling
bright (adjective)
10.
not stormy or cloudy
SYNONIMS:
bright, clear, cloudless, sunny, sunshiny, unclouded
RELATED WORDS:
balmy, clement, gentle, mild, moderate, temperate; calm, halcyon, peaceful, placid, serene, tranquil; fine, pleasant
NEAR ANTONYMS:
harsh, inclement, severe; blustering, blustery, breezy, gusty; foggy, hazy, misty, murky, soupy
bleak, cloudy, dirty, foul, nasty, overcast, rainy, raw, rough, squally, stormy, sunless, tempestuous, turbulent
bright (adverb)
in a manner marked by the shining or reflecting of much light
SYNONIMS:
bright, brilliantly, dazzlingly, fulgently, glowingly, incandescently, lambently, luminously, lustrously, radiantly, splendidly
RELATED WORDS:
blazingly, burningly, flamingly; blindingly, flaringly, flickeringly, glaringly, glitteringly, opalescently; pellucidly
NEAR ANTONYMS:
darkly, duskily, gloomily, murkily, obscurely, somberly; cloudily, shadily, shadowily
dimly, dully
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