Word of the Day : June 5, 2016


adjective LOO-sid


1 a : suffused with light : luminous

b : translucent

2 : having full use of one's faculties : sane

3 : clear to the understanding : intelligible

Did You Know?

It's easy enough to shed some light on the origins of lucid: it derives—via the Latin adjective lucidus, meaning "shining"—from the Latin verb lucēre, meaning "to shine." Lucid has been used by English speakers since at least the late 16th century. Originally, it meant merely "filled with light" or "shining," but it has since developed extended senses describing someone whose mind is clear or something with a clear meaning. Other shining examples of lucēre descendants include translucent, lucent ("glowing"), and the somewhat rarer relucent ("reflecting light" or "shining"). Even the word light itself derives from the same ancient word that led to lucēre.


"The sound swelled and enveloped us, and indeed it was like laughter, waves upon waves of … lucid laughter…." — Anne Rice, Memnoch the Devil, 1995

"His writing is lucid and perceptive, and his instincts for the arcane and interesting are unerring, making the text scholarly yet still accessible to the lay reader…." — The Publisher's Weekly Review, 14 Mar. 2016

Name That Antonym

Unscramble the letters to create an antonym of lucid: EOBNSTEUR.



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