View synonyms for lucidity


[ loo-sid-i-tee ]


  1. the quality of being easily understood, completely intelligible, or comprehensible:

    She makes her argument with pointed logic and exemplary lucidity.

  2. the ability to see things clearly; rationality; sanity:

    In a rare moment of lucidity, the senator sided with his political enemies for the good of the country.

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  • nonlu·cidi·ty noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of lucidity1

First recorded in 1650–60; from Latin lūciditās, equivalent to lūcid(us) lucid ( def ) + -i- ( def ) + -tās -ty 2( def )

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Example Sentences

The book and movie Awakenings, about patients who temporarily recovered consciousness and lucidity after treatment with l-dopa—a precursor of the neurotransmitter dopamine—was based on cases of people suffering from that form of Parkinson’s.

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Yet among his mish-mash of randomized factoids, there did occur a moment of lucidity.

LaPlante has witnessed firsthand the paradox of dementia and Alzheimer's, with alternating phases of deterioration and lucidity.

The strange lucidity of the somnambulist still hung over her brain and mind, though outwardly she appeared troubled and confused.

They looked through him, as if they saw with a lucidity even more unendurable than his, what was going on in Tanqueray's soul.

And he pursued his thought with the tenacity of the drunkard, who concentrates upon one idea all the lucidity of mind left to him.

From his corner of the fireside lounge, where he seated himself beside her, his eyes regarded her with a grave and dark lucidity.

Most people would have termed this poetic rapture passing into lucidity, but our friend avers that it is the Enemy.


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