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Examples of lucid in a sentence
His lucid history of this grim subject is scrupulously accurate, so far as I am able to judge … —Richard A. Posner, New Republic, 8 Apr 2002
“You would like me to read to you?” “You would oblige me greatly by doing so, Dorothea,” said Mr. Casaubon, with a shade more meekness than usual in his polite manner. “I am wakeful: my mind is remarkably lucid.” —George Eliot, Middlemarch, 1872
The atmosphere, seen through a short space of half or three-quarters of a mile, was perfectly lucid, but at a greater distance all colours were blended into a most beautiful haze … —Charles Darwin, The Voyage of the Beagle, 1839
The stroke also set off a major crisis of presidential succession, as the debilitated and not entirely lucid president continued to cling to office and plan feebly for re-election. —Beverly Gage New York Times Book Review, 13 Dec 2009
He is able to recognize his wife in his lucid moments.
those lucid bands that spread across the arctic sky and are known as the northern lights
Did You Know?
It's easy enough to shed some light on the origins of lucid: it derives—via the Latin adjective lucidus, meaning "shining"—from the Latin verb lucēre, meaning "to shine." Lucid has been used by English speakers since at least the late 16th century. Originally, it meant merely "filled with light" or "shining," but it has since developed extended senses describing someone whose mind is clear or something with a clear meaning. Other shining examples of lucēre descendants include translucent, lucent ("glowing"), and the somewhat rarer relucent ("reflecting light" or "shining"). Even the word light itself derives from the same ancient word that led to lucēre.
Origin and Etymology of lucid
Latin lucidus, from lucēre —see lucent
First Known Use: 1591
Synonym Discussion of lucid
LUCID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lucid for English Language Learners
: very clear and easy to understand
: able to think clearly
LUCID Defined for Kids
Definition of lucid for Students
1 : having or showing the ability to think clearly lucid behavior
2 : easily understood lucid writing
lucidlyadverb The problem was lucidly explained.
Medical Definition of lucid
: having, showing, or characterized by an ability to think clearly and rationally
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