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vivid

[viv-id]
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adjective
  1. strikingly bright or intense, as color, light, etc.: a vivid green.
  2. full of life; lively; animated: a vivid personality.
  3. presenting the appearance, freshness, spirit, etc., of life; realistic: a vivid account.
  4. strong, distinct, or clearly perceptible: a vivid recollection.
  5. forming distinct and striking mental images: a vivid imagination.
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Origin of vivid

1630–40; < Latin vīvidus lively, equivalent to vīv(ere) to live (see vital) + -idus -id4
Related formsviv·id·ly, adverbviv·id·ness, vi·vid·i·ty, nouno·ver·viv·id, adjectiveo·ver·viv·id·ly, adverbo·ver·viv·id·ness, nounun·viv·id, adjectiveun·viv·id·ly, adverbun·viv·id·ness, noun

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1. bright, brilliant, intense. 2. spirited, vivacious, intense. 3. See picturesque.
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British Dictionary definitions for overvivid

vivid

adjective
  1. (of a colour) very bright; having a very high saturation or purity; produced by a pure or almost pure colouring agent
  2. brilliantly colouredvivid plumage
  3. conveying to the mind striking realism, freshness, or trueness to life; graphica vivid account
  4. (of a recollection, memory, etc) remaining distinct in the mind
  5. (of the imagination, etc) prolific in the formation of lifelike images
  6. making a powerful impact on the emotions or sensesa vivid feeling of shame
  7. uttered, operating, or acting with vigourvivid expostulations
  8. full of life or vitalitya vivid personality
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Derived Formsvividly, adverbvividness, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin vīvidus animated, from vīvere to live
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Word Origin and History for overvivid

vivid

adj.

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.

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