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

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

Synonyms for vivid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for vividness

sharpness, distinctness

Examples from the Web for vividness

Historical Examples of vividness

  • But that past was soon to be recalled to her with a vividness most terrible.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Intensity of feeling and vividness of imagination are at the disposal of the educator.

  • 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

    Anthony Hope

  • How does the interrogative form of the sentence give it vividness?

    Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Literature

    Ontario Ministry of Education

British Dictionary definitions for vividness



(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
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



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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