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Examples of lucid in a Sentence
- 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
- 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
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
Recent Examples of lucid from the Web
Layton makes all of this lucid, and there are times his merger of doc and drama works well.
For some of those waiting, the soup — lucid and almost delicate in flavor — is simply, profoundly a taste of home.
Although several of its subjects have since passed on, Kean's perceptive film does an effective job of keeping their moving, lucid observations vitally alive.
The report offers a lucid overview of the reproducibility debate.
In Cannadine’s lucid account there is the occasional slip (the 1833 Irish Church Temporalities Act suppressed 10 bishoprics, not 18).
In both, Kanye is quietly insightful and brashly ignorant, as wrongheaded as his critics have said and more lucid than he's given credit for.
His speech to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday was a lucid and impassioned defense of multilateral decision-making and free trade – two of Trump’s top bugbears.
Balla keeps your brain lucid amid all that darkness by combining several flavors of edible acid to create illuminating flashes of sourness.
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Shine a Light on the Origin of lucid
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.
apparent, bald, bald-faced, barefaced, broad, clear, clear-cut, crystal clear, decided, distinct, evident, luminous, manifest, nonambiguous, obvious, open-and-shut, palpable, patent, pellucid, perspicuous, plain, straightforward, transparent, unambiguous, unambivalent, unequivocal, unmistakable;
Synonym Discussion of lucid
- clear instructions
- a perspicuous style
- a lucid explanation
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
- lucid behavior
- lucid writing
- The problem was lucidly explained.
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