One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
semi-transparent, pellucid, diaphanous, colourless, glassy, glass-like, gossamer, clear, crystalline, see-through, limpid, transparentView synonyms
- ‘In order that the transparent material be transpicuous, the transparent material is preferably a transparent plastic or a transparent glass.’
- ‘A transpicuous thermoplastic, such as a copolymer of styrene and acrylonitrile, is highly suitable.’
- 1.1 Easily understood, lucid.
- ‘In her current body of work, the site of memory revisited becomes transpicuous with every visit.’
- ‘Don't try to impress someone by thesaurusizing your email with terms you wouldn't use in person - it sounds diaphanous, limpid, and transpicuous.’
- ‘The illustration of the attitude of son to parent is so transpicuous in the Oedipus legend, that the group of mental processes concerned is generally known as the ‘Oedipus-complex.’’
- ‘But some forms of truth are less transpicuous than others, thus the reason uninformed and uneducated people are so easily misled.’
- ‘These arrests will be spun as transpicuous proof that said officials are on the ball, keeping us safe.’
Mid 17th century: from modern Latin transpicuus (from Latin transpicere ‘look through’) + -ous.
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