American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The quality of being perspicuous; clearness and lucidity: "He was at pains to insist on the perspicuity of what he wrote” ( Lionel Trilling).
- n. Perspicacity.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being perspicuous or transparent; that quality of a substance which renders objects visible through it; transparency; clearness.
- n. The quality of being clear to the mind, or easily apprehended or understood; clearness to mental vision; freedom from obsurity or ambiguity; that quality of writing or language which readily presents to the mind of another the precise ideas of the author; clearness.
- n. Synonyms Perspicuity, Lucidity, Clearness, Plainness. These words, as expressing a quality of style, suggest much of their original meaning. Perspicuity is the quality by which the meaning can be see through the words, transparency. Lucidity expresses the same idea, or the other meaning of lucid, that of the radiation or shining forth of the idea from language. Clearness may have two aspects, corresponding to the clearness with which one sees an object as separate from other things, or to the clearness of water when it is not darkened in any way. plainness rests upon the idea that nothing rises up to intercept one's view of the thought; it therefore implies, as the others do not, a simpler and homelier diction, etc. Clearness or perspicuity is the common heading for that department of rhetoric which treats of intelligibility in methods of expression.
- n. Clarity, lucidity, especially in expression; the state or characteristic of being perspicuous.
- n. Perspicacity; insight.
- n. rare Transparency; translucence.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete The quality or state of being transparent or translucent.
- n. The quality of being perspicuous to the understanding; clearness of expression or thought.
- n. Sagacity; perspicacity.
- n. clarity as a consequence of being perspicuous
- From the Classical Latin perspicuitās ("transparency”, “lucidity”, “self-evidency”, (in post-Classical Latin): “penetration”, “insight"), from perspicuus ("clear”, “evident"); compare perspicacity and the French perspicuité. (Wiktionary)
“At times, insight — "the strikes were not so much against Afrikaans as a language, but against an Afrikaans government" — vies with prejudice — "the children are being used" — and momentary perspicuity is lost to habits of racism.”
“The Holy Spirit hath so disposed the Scripture, that notwithstanding that perspicuity which is in the whole with respect unto its proper end, yet are there in sundry parts or passages of it, -- (1.)”
“* yes yes yes, i've been using this word a lot lately. i rather like the sound of it--sounds so naughty, yet perfectly benign. it's rather like "perspicuity" in that regard.”
“The pleasure in rhythmical arrangement is derived from two sources: first, from the need for perspicuity which is fulfilled through the regular grouping of the tonal elements in the bars, -- their length being adjusted to the average length of an attention wave, and the number of tones that fill them to the number of items which can be taken in at one act of attention, -- and through the subordination of the light to the heavy within the bars, the bars to the measures, and the measures to the periods.”
“It seems that most — including McGrath, perhaps — continue to believe in the perspicuity of scripture.”
“One of Grant's staff officers, Horace Porter, characterized the style of his commander's orders and dispatches as "vigorous and terse, with little of ornament; its most conspicuous characteristic was perspicuity.”
“Compared to the stunning perspicuity of Verne and Wells, the rest of us are just daydreamers.”
“The techniques with which the hand reproduces what the eye sees are old ones, and explained with wonderful perspicuity in the British Museum's big new show "Fra Angelico to Leonardo -- Italian Renaissance Drawings.”
“Two years later, his constituents sent him to the Virginia house of delegates where now, “with his usual perspicuity,” as a contemporary newspaper put it, he dismissed both previous motions as improper and suggested instead that the Constitution “be submitted to a Convention of the people for their full and free investigation, discussion, and decision.””
“Peter Martins has had the perspicuity to recognize and bring on board the only two choreographers of real merit to have surfaced in the past decade — Christopher Wheeldon and Alexei Ratmansky — but they both got away: Wheeldon to his own dubious enterprise; Ratmansky to ABT.”
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