viridity

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noun vi·rid·i·ty \və-ˈri-də-tē\

Definition of viridity

  1. 1 a :  the quality or state of being green b :  the color of grass or foliage

  2. 2 :  naive innocence

Examples of viridity in a sentence

  1. <a heroine beset by the vacuous viridity that is so typical of romance novels>

Did You Know?

Viridity is simply a highfalutin way to say "greenness" in both its literal and figurative senses. "Greenness" goes all the way back to Old English grēnnes, from grēne ("green"), a word akin to Old English grōwan ("to grow"). Viridity did not enter the language until the 15th century, when it was adopted into Middle English (as viridite) from Middle French viridité. The ultimate source of viridity, however, is Latin viriditas ("greenness"), itself drawn from the root viridis ("green"). Viridis is also the source (by way of Middle French verdoyant) of English verdant, as well as verdancy, yet another fancy synonym for "greenness."

Origin and Etymology of viridity

Middle English viridite, from Latin viriditat-, viriditas, from viridis


First Known Use: 15th century


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