lucidity

noun
lu·​cid·​i·​ty | \lü-ˈsi-də-tē \

Definition of lucidity 

1 : clearness of thought or style the lucidity of the explanation

2 : a presumed capacity to perceive the truth directly and instantaneously : clairvoyance when the spirit is drawn to lucidity by the immediacy of death— Graham Greene

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Examples of lucidity in a Sentence

the lucidity of the recipe should ensure a minimum of confusion

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To achieve this kind of textural lucidity and dramatic sweep amid such heavily scored passagework — and in an outdoor environment, no less — rendered an already-powerful work that much more rhetorically effective. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Grant Park Orchestra review: A fitting 80th birthday tribute to William Bolcom," 7 July 2018 The approach yields a kind of formal lucidity that is constant from his prickly early music through his more inviting recent works. New York Times, "He Has Fans, Fame and an Acclaimed ‘Brokeback Mountain’ Opera. So Why Is Charles Wuorinen So Cranky?," 25 May 2018 Brinkley’s gifts shine brightest in such passages, when his characters tiptoe toward but never quite reach a lucidity about their own emotional conditions. Brittany Allen, Longreads, "Masters of Contradiction," 24 May 2018 What transpires between the two men is a dialogue sequence of extraordinary lucidity and emotional power, during which Toller gently reminds Michael that despair exists so that God's hope can shine all the brighter. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "The bracing 'First Reformed,' starring a superb Ethan Hawke, resurrects Paul Schrader's career," 17 May 2018 The clarifying power of that war was its moral lucidity and capacity for reminding us that democracy was at stake. Steve Erickson, Los Angeles Magazine, "HBO’s Fahrenheit 451 Reveals a Blurred Line Between Utopia and Hell," 16 May 2018 Lucha’s mom is in the early stages of dementia, and the sound of a mariachi song helps her mind snap back to lucidity. James Hebert, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Old Globe's 'American Mariachi' gives women a voice in a musical tradition," 20 Mar. 2018 John fades in and out of lucidity, lecturing strangers on The Old Man and the Sea, or Hemingway in general. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland hit dead end in road movie 'The Leisure Seeker.'," 14 Mar. 2018 John's windows of lucidity are unpredictable, and Ella is emotionally exhausted from watching her adored husband lose his memory. Jay Weissberg, chicagotribune.com, "'Leisure Seeker' review: Mirren, Sutherland on a long journey to predictability," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of lucidity

1810, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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