vivid

[ viv-id ]
/ ˈvɪv ɪd /

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. vivi-,
  2. vivian,
  3. viviani,
  4. viviani, rené,
  5. vivianite,
  6. vividly,
  7. vivien,
  8. vivification,
  9. vivify,
  10. viviparous

Origin of vivid

1630–40; < Latin vīvidus lively, equivalent to vīv(ere) to live (see vital) + -idus -id4

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British Dictionary definitions for vividness

vivid

/ (ˈvɪvɪd) /

adjective

Derived Formsvividly, adverbvividness, noun

Word Origin for vivid

C17: from Latin vīvidus animated, from vīvere to live

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Word Origin and History for vividness

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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