lu·​cid·​i·​ty | \ lü-ˈsi-də-tē How to pronounce lucidity (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web In the title role of Jove’s beautiful mistress, who dooms herself by seeking immortality, the soprano Amanda Forsythe sang on Saturday afternoon with breezy lucidity, shaping a character more lonesome and pensive than superficial or vain. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "A Festival Adds to Opera’s Soaring Body Count," 23 Sep. 2019 Note the utter stupidity of the question and the utter lucidity of his answer. The Washington Post, "Chatological Humor (Jan 21)," 21 Jan. 2020 That scene is Fleck’s lone moment of lucidity in the film. John Hirschauer, National Review, "Joker: An Honest Treatment of Madness," 12 Oct. 2019 Association with Aspen can endow you with the crispness, vitality and lucidity of the mountain air. The Economist, "Inside Aspen: the mountain retreat for the liberal elite," 11 Oct. 2019 The complaint’s lucidity and detail may help House investigators defend the integrity of their inquiry against the torrent of spin and lies that will surely continue to issue from Trump and his allies. Steve Coll, The New Yorker, "The Integrity of the Trump Impeachment Inquiry," 28 Sep. 2019 But the mix of lucidity and nuance, of natural flow and urgency, surely came from complete trust between conductor and players. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "Review: An Ecstatic ‘Rosenkavalier’ Introduces a Conductor to Carnegie," 30 Mar. 2018 The irony, of course, is that perpetual vulnerability has gifted us — those less American Americans — a lucidity that transcends dollar-store patriotism. Damon Young, Time, "How I Came to View the American Flag as a Threat," 12 Sep. 2019 As the end approached, Cockrell had moments of lucidity. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje,, "Friends rushed to create SMU endowment while Lila Cockrell was still alive," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of lucidity

1810, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Lucidity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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