Definition of lucid in English:



  • 1Expressed clearly; easy to understand.

    ‘a lucid account’
    ‘write in a clear and lucid style’
    • ‘The actors and actresses spoke well - the entire dialogue was very lucid and clear.’
    • ‘The marketing effort, articulated in a lucid style, has been superb.’
    • ‘Except for chapter 3, the prose is exceptionally lucid with little jargon.’
    • ‘The story is interesting, and remarkably lucid given the rapid pace of its telling.’
    • ‘His account contains a very lucid explanation of the issues, and continues with his eyewitness account of the proceedings.’
    • ‘His prose style was plain and lucid and his store of knowledge - history, politics, literature - immense.’
    • ‘After some brief, lucid exposition, we get into the story proper.’
    • ‘As he grows increasingly drunk, his observations somehow become more lucid.’
    • ‘Critics have noted his careful research, objectivity, and a lucid and understated but straightforward writing style.’
    • ‘What they say can be both extraordinarily lucid and almost unbearably moving.’
    • ‘Thanks for the most rational and lucid exposition on the subject of contemporary feminism I have read.’
    • ‘His students from his time at Manchester University remember his lectures as extraordinarily lucid.’
    • ‘The reach of their combined talents is delightful: both easy, lucid writing and scrupulous scholarly documentation every step of the way.’
    • ‘Your lucid explanation of the hit-and-run was excellent.’
    • ‘In more lucid moments of this album, the Kid remembers that he seeks hip-hop credibility.’
    • ‘It's written in very concrete language, very lucid, easy to understand.’
    • ‘Their understated, yet lucid look at both the old and the new, serves as a reminder that indeed, simple is still good - regardless of the technology involved.’
    • ‘These concepts have been expertly explained in a lucid and easy manner and has been supplemented by more than 50 photographs and diagrams.’
    • ‘However, there are a number of passages that shine with lucid, electrifying prose.’
    • ‘His style, always lucid and direct, is lively - what else could it be with a subject so colorful and controversial?’
    intelligible, comprehensible, understandable, cogent, coherent, communicative, articulate, eloquent
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    1. 1.1Showing ability to think clearly, especially in the intervals between periods of confusion or insanity.
      ‘he has a few lucid moments every now and then’
      • ‘The confrontation of sorts, however, had used up all of the energy he obviously saved for staying lucid.’
      • ‘Is it possible to conceive of madness without lucid intervals?’
      • ‘There is no lucid understanding of the problem.’
      • ‘In his most lucid moments, however, Emerson disavowed his Dionysian rhetoric.’
      • ‘During one of my more lucid periods, I overheard Antonio arguing with an orderly about bringing food into the room.’
      • ‘He seems perfectly lucid except for the wild statements he keeps making.’
      • ‘In his more lucid moments he attempts to hide behind a paradox declaring that after all he doesn't believe his beliefs.’
      • ‘This moment of lucid thinking must be alarming to the Labour Party.’
      • ‘One minute he can be very lucid and at other times he's confused about who he is and who his children are.’
      • ‘Angie began to have occasional lucid periods where, besides the coughing and inability to rise, she was quite herself once more.’
      • ‘Until the point where he finally became lucid, his family feared the worst.’
      • ‘Even with his air of insanity, he still appeared lucid enough to be displeased.’
      • ‘He's surprisingly lucid in comparison to his usual interviews and manages to avoid the trademark doommongering and baseless claims of scientific advance.’
      • ‘Max, who wasn't responding well to treatment, remained in the hospital ward babbling at the ceiling and cursing in his more lucid moments.’
      • ‘We have heard from several people that close relatives with Alzheimer's disease became amazingly lucid for short periods of time after receiving narcotic pain relievers.’
      • ‘In lucid moments, they know they have lost on the issues.’
      • ‘However, during a lucid interval he did give instructions to plead, but, if they had the benefit of the reports now before the court, the defence would have opted for a different course of action.’
      • ‘The Admiral is more lucid, and much more aware.’
      • ‘He was surprisingly lucid, claimed the pain wasn't bad at the moment, and was lamenting the fact that he must remain firmly ensconced in his recliner for the next few days.’
      • ‘One of the most lucid historians of the American Experiment passed away this week.’
      rational, sane, in one's right mind, in possession of one's faculties, of sound mind, able to think clearly
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    2. 1.2Psychology (of a dream) experienced with the dreamer feeling awake, aware of dreaming, and able to control events consciously.
      • ‘Some skeptics do not believe that there is such a state as lucid dreaming.’
      • ‘Sounds a little like the waking equivalent of a lucid dream in some ways.’
      • ‘I know I probably wasn't really awake… Maybe it was lucid dreaming?’
      • ‘Maybe I'd be able to experience a lucid dream and explore the deeper, darker reaches of my mind.’
      • ‘The more you practice lucid dreaming, the easier it becomes.’
  • 2literary Bright or luminous.

    ‘birds dipped their wings in the lucid flow of air’
    • ‘It is a lucid, bright day, and a lush tree looms across the window.’
    • ‘It is empty space, though space that is bright and lucid.’
    • ‘What a wonderful place the city had been to leave, as I looked down at it through the free and lucid air, the plane pitching in the thunderstorm which loomed as usual over Kenscoff.’
    • ‘He was asleep on the window, looking angelic as the moonlight shone in, making his skin a smooth pale lucid colour.’
    bright, shining, gleaming, luminous, radiant, brilliant, glowing, dazzling, lustrous, luminescent, phosphorescent
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Late 16th century ( lucid): from Latin lucidus (perhaps via French lucide or Italian lucido), from lucere shine from lux, luc- light.