Yeah, «bright and shin­ing» for a pre­ten­tious nin­com­poop in love with his the­saurus. In this case, Alan Dean Fos­ter, who wrote the [nov­el­iza­tion of the movie *Star Trek*]([canonical-url:2010/01/02/set-phasers-weak] ‘Set phasers on weak’), where I found this word. Even worse than his use of this word where «radi­ant» would have worked was the con­text in which it was used. «Reful­gent hopes». Are you kid­ding me? I used to like Alan Dean Fos­ter, but now I won­der whether I liked his books because when I read them I was too young to know any better.