from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Acute discernment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or quality of being clear-sighted; clear vision; acute discernment of the senses or thought.
- n. Specifically, clairvoyance.
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He notes that he looked "to those twelve Caesars so mistreated by Suetonius," in the hope of emulating the best of each: "the clear-sightedness of Tiberius, without his harshness; the learning of Claudius without his weakness; Nero's taste for the arts, but stripped of all foolish vanity; the kindness of Titus, stopping short of his sentimentality; Vespasian's thrift, but not his absurd miserliness."
Likewise, there's no hard line between anti-racists armed with clear-sightedness pointing out the racism submerged beneath a "joke," and anti-racists drunk on conflict losing their perspective and -- yes -- their sense of humor.
To the clear-sightedness with which he judges his troubled, post-war era — that of his mature years, and of my childhood.
The leader of the Party recognized this principle with unrivalled clear-sightedness, and has consistently applied it.
Heller's control of the first person voice (which veers between razor-sharp clear-sightedness and self-delusion) is masterful.
The Spectator was the only publication on Fleet St that backed Thatcher in the first ballot – mainly thanks to he clear-sightedness of Patrick Cosgrave, my late predecessor.
Of course, not every girl is as self-possessed – nor, perhaps, as bright and well-loved and confident – as my niece, and so not every girl is going to regard a Bratz Doll with the same degree of clear-sightedness.
Weber's methodology in the end amounts to a call for the heroic character-virtue of clear-sightedness and intellectual integrity that together constitute a genuine person of science, or a scientist with a sense of vocation who has a passionate commitment to one's own specialized research, yet is utterly “free of illusions” [LÃ¶with 1982, 38].
He had lost the faculty of working and of moving firmly towards any fixed goal, but he was endowed with more clear-sightedness and rectitude than ever.
If only such clear-sightedness were more prevalent amongst Canadian progressives and a great many Liberals--check also the "idiots" at this post of Damian's:
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