Part of speech:
(Like “milk,” “rice,” and “education,” uncountable nouns are words for stuff that can’t be broken into exact units. You talk about “some milk,” “the rice,” and “a lot of education,” but you don’t say “a milk,” “three rices,” or “many educations.”
Likewise, talk about “the efflorescence,” “such efflorescence,” “a lot of efflorescence,” “no efflorescence,” and so on, but you usually don’t say “efflorescences.”
Sorry for the complexity, but you can say "an efflorescence.")
Efflorescence is a blooming, a bursting out, a period of robust growth and development.
This word's roots can help you remember it, spell it right, and connect it to more familiar words:
"ef," like "ex," means "out;"
"flor" means "blossom" like in "flora" and "flower;"
and "esce" means "becoming," like "adolescence" is becoming an adult.
So "efflorescence" is a time when something is in the process of fully blossoming out.
How to use it:
You might talk about a concrete efflorescence in medicine, chemistry, or botany, but generally we talk about an abstract efflorescence.
That is, say that something is in efflorescence or in a period/age of efflorescence when it's flourishing, abounding, growing, and developing in a way that reminds you of a flower in full bloom.
You might also talk about the efflorescence of something, as in "the efflorescence of selfie sticks" or "the efflorescence of rational ideas."
Finally, you might describe something coming to an efflorescence, reaching an efflorescence, and so on.
After a period of efflorescence in the sixth grade, David's passion for marine biology subsided somewhat in favor of more traditional interests, like football.
Where have you felt, suddenly, the efflorescence of your soul? In church? With your first love? For me, it's often in reading poems.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "efflorescence" means when you can explain it without saying “blossoming" or "prosperity."
Think of an exciting time period in which you learned a lot of interesting ideas or skills, and fill in the blanks: "My interest in _____ came to an efflorescence as I learned _____."
Example: "My interest in HTML came to an efflorescence in the late 90s as I learned about the incredible flexibility of hexadecimal colors."
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Mark Twain: "Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn't."
1. The opposite of EFFLORESCENCE is
2. Their product line had truly reached an efflorescence and _____.
A. was constantly praised in both traditional and social media
B. had narrowed down to a single, brilliant device
C. with funding would probably see success
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