Definition of perspective
- to gain a broader perspective on the international scene
- —Current Biography
- places the issues in proper perspective
- trying to maintain my perspective
To the modern mind, it's hard to believe that perspective had to be "discovered", but before the 1400s paintings simply lacked accurate perspective. Instead, important people and objects were simply shown larger than less important ones; and although distant objects were sometimes shown smaller than near ones, this wasn't done in a regular and accurate way. Just as odd, many paintings didn't represent the other meaning of perspective either—that is, a scene might not be shown as if it were being seen from one single place. Today, perspective is used much like standpoint. Just as standpoint once used to mean simply the physical place where you stand but today also means the way you "see" things as a result of who you are and what you do, the same could be said about perspective.
First Known Use: 1570See Words from the same year
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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