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

Examples of lucidity in a Sentence

the lucidity of the recipe should ensure a minimum of confusion
Recent Examples on the Web However unsubtle the material, Neeson offers unforced glimmers of a soul lost to brutality as Alex wavers between a thickening mental fog and perfect lucidity when the plot demands it. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Apr. 2022 The lucidity here is remarkable, as is the vividness of the metaphor. Chris Vognar, USA TODAY, 10 Feb. 2022 Kim-Tenser also pointed to feeling disoriented and drifting in and out of lucidity as indications of a real problem. Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2022 This is owed to the distance established by cultural critics, a distance that afforded them their legitimacy and lucidity. SPIN, 8 Feb. 2022 The third album from Michelle Zauner's Japanese Breakfast is bursting with flavor — an exhilarating exposition on a life filled with love, loss, and (occasional) lucidity. Leah Greenblatt,, 8 Dec. 2021 Many pages, some key to the lucidity and back story of the narrative, went unfilmed due to time and money. Michael Phillips,, 28 Jan. 2022 His performance of the Sarabande was a gorgeous bit of sonic poetry, and the speed of the Gigue dazzled, all the more so due to its lucidity. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Jan. 2022 Loosely based on a podcast of the same name, this mind-bending puzzle pits sanity against reality where the pursuit of lucidity is both a nightmare and a thrill. Los Angeles Times, 14 Jan. 2022 See More

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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 17 May. 2022.

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