- 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 vividness
But that past was soon to be recalled to her with a vividness most terrible.Within the Law
Intensity of feeling and vividness of imagination are at the disposal of the educator.The Psychology of Nations
Every incident comes back to me with the vividness and clearness of yesterday.The Cryptogram
William Murray Graydon
In its vividness and force the story is a strong, fresh picture of American life.The King's Mirror
How does the interrogative form of the sentence give it vividness?Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Literature
Ontario Ministry of Education
- (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 vividness
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.