lu·​cid·​i·​ty lü-ˈsi-də-tē How to pronounce lucidity (audio)
: clearness of thought or style
the lucidity of the explanation
: a presumed capacity to perceive the truth directly and instantaneously : clairvoyance
when the spirit is drawn to lucidity by the immediacy of deathGraham Greene

Examples of lucidity in a Sentence

the lucidity of the recipe should ensure a minimum of confusion
Recent Examples on the Web Her dedication to her husband, and pleasure in his moments of adoring lucidity, is a transfixing grace. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2023 Republican lawmakers, in a rare moment of lucidity, figured out that running slap over Black Democrats, session after session, was a bad look for them. Kyle Whitmire |, al, 5 July 2023 While her lucidity survived the illness, much of her memory did not. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 23 June 2016 Today even a legal decision made in a fleeting moment of lucidity — a few minutes of clarity, pressed between hours or days of cognitive shadow — counts under the law. Katie Engelhart, New York Times, 9 May 2023 Wake Up Early and Go Back to Bed Still struggling to achieve lucidity inside your dreams? WIRED, 14 Mar. 2023 Her life ever since, her sister said, has been punctuated by medicated periods of relative lucidity, hospital stays, jail stints for prostitution and other minor crimes, and long stretches lost in a fog. Andy Newman Hiroko Masuike, New York Times, 3 May 2023 But Kushner’s play still feels contemporary, still speaks to our time with poetic lucidity — and with political prescience, as when Cohn gloats over the stealthy, appointment-by-appointment tactics that can enlarge the influence of the right. Don Aucoin,, 1 May 2023 Stretching from 1976 to 2003, this is a story of profound connection and awakening disquiet, which Sullivan directs with his customary unostentatious lucidity. Laura Collins-Hughes, New York Times, 25 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lucidity was in 1810

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“Lucidity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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