- strikingly bright or intense, as color, light, etc.: a vivid green.
- full of life; lively; animated: a vivid personality.
- presenting the appearance, freshness, spirit, etc., of life; realistic: a vivid account.
- strong, distinct, or clearly perceptible: a vivid recollection.
- forming distinct and striking mental images: a vivid imagination.
Origin of vivid
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Examples from the Web for vivid
Yet for a vivid decade or so, sleaze was, somewhat paradoxically, a force for literacy and empowerment.How Pulp Fiction Saved Literature
January 8, 2015
Today, with the memories of Ingrid Bergman so vivid in his mind, it seems clear that he's been thinking about her a great deal.
By the end of his life, the memories of corporal punishment at the hands of his teachers were vivid.
For such songs, she pairs raunchy lyrics with vivid imagery.From Church of Christ to Pansexual Rapper
November 28, 2014
This particular bit of airplane was vivid with the possibility that it was a significant clue.How Amelia's Plane Was Found
October 30, 2014
Weeks passed away, and with them the vivid memories of that time.Life in London
At this revelation a vivid blush glowed on Gracie Dennis' cheek.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
This is so broad, however, that it may not make a direct and vivid impression.Understanding the Scriptures
The vivid beauty of her blush startled him, and she drew her hand quickly from his.Quaint Courtships
Simultaneously he received a vivid mental photograph of the locality.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
- (of a colour) very bright; having a very high saturation or purity; produced by a pure or almost pure colouring agent
- brilliantly colouredvivid plumage
- conveying to the mind striking realism, freshness, or trueness to life; graphica vivid account
- (of a recollection, memory, etc) remaining distinct in the mind
- (of the imagination, etc) prolific in the formation of lifelike images
- making a powerful impact on the emotions or sensesa vivid feeling of shame
- uttered, operating, or acting with vigourvivid expostulations
- full of life or vitalitya vivid personality
Word Origin and History for vivid
1630s, from Latin vividus "spirited, animated, lively," from vivus "alive," from PIE *gwei- (see vital). Extension to colors is first recorded 1660s. Sense of "strong, distinct" (as of memories, etc.) is from 1680s; that of "very active or intense" (as of imagination, interest, etc.) is from 1853. Related: Vividly; vividness.