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limpid

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adjective
  1. clear, transparent, or pellucid, as water, crystal, or air: We could see to the very bottom of the limpid pond.
  2. free from obscurity; lucid; clear: a limpid style; limpid prose.
  3. completely calm; without distress or worry: a limpid, emotionless existence.
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Origin of limpid

First recorded in 1605–15, limpid is from the Latin word limpidus clear. See lymph, -id4
Related formslim·pid·i·ty, lim·pid·ness, nounlim·pid·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • Her expression, her voice, her lack of sophistication, all had the limpidity of water.

    The Dust Flower

    Basil King

  • He surpasses his master, nevertheless, in energy and limpidity of composition.

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    Charles de Bernard

  • And now the profundity of the sky dismays me; its limpidity exasperates me.

  • There was a clarity and limpidity about her trills and runs which surprised and delighted.

  • The beauty of their form consists in its limpidity and naturalness.


British Dictionary definitions for limpidity

limpid

adjective
  1. clear or transparent
  2. (esp of writings, style, etc) free from obscurity
  3. calm; peaceful
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Derived Formslimpidity or limpidness, nounlimpidly, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from French limpide, from Latin limpidus clear
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Word Origin and History for limpidity

n.

1650s, from French limpidité or directly from Late Latin limpiditatem (nominative limpiditas) "clarity," from Latin limpidus (see limpid).

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limpid

adj.

c.1600, from French limpide (15c.) and directly from Latin limpidus "clear," from limpa "water goddess, water;" probably cognate with lympha "clear liquid" (see lymph). Related: Limpidly.

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