Definition of lucidity in US English:



  • 1Clarity of expression; intelligibility.

    ‘his lecture combined intellectual lucidity and passion’
    • ‘He was now recognized as one of the finest editors in the business, skilled at letting a scene tell its story with terse economy but with no loss of lucidity.’
    • ‘They clicked with one another immediately, because they recognized in each other intelligence, lucidity, and vitality.’
    • ‘The lucidity of the social commentary, especially with regard to how adults use youth sports and its participants as outlets for their own hang-ups, is admirable.’
    • ‘Electronic albums can be great for that, the computers enforcing a level of detail and lucidity.’
    • ‘While writing poems requires lucidity from the poet, the poems also ask for lucidity from the reader.’
    • ‘A master both of English prose and of the dialogue form, he is remarkable for his lucidity, grace, and dignity of expression.’
    • ‘It is written with a great deal of intellectual grit, and its thesis is developed with considerable lucidity and eloquence.’
    • ‘Historical lucidity was scarce in the Renaissance.’
    • ‘Being a gifted writer, with eight books already to his credit, he does so with lucidity and in eminently readable prose.’
    • ‘The chief feature of the plan is its lucidity, despite the fact that the building had to be fitted into a highly restricted site.’
    1. 1.1 The ability to think clearly, especially in intervals between periods of confusion or insanity.
      ‘she had moments of lucidity’
      • ‘Lucidity, the ability to think rationally and act resolutely, is not sufficient evidence to determine sanity.’
      • ‘I think that very few of the insane are in any sort of position of lucidity.’
      • ‘There are moments of great pathos and humor throughout the book, especially in the rare moments of Harry's lucidity, where he realizes who and what he really is.’
      • ‘He has done his best to recapture earlier moments of lucidity and unity, but in many ways the final result feels rote and calculated.’
      • ‘In the few seconds before my lucidity gave way to blind panic, I felt no little sympathy for the poor chap as he faced this calamity.’
      • ‘Many of these people have long periods of lucidity when they are capable of deciding for themselves.’
      • ‘In his consternation, making the most of a dwindling lucidity, he asks only that his brother accompany him to the hospital the following day.’
      • ‘In a moment of lucidity, I connected the fires with the situation of the homeless in the city.’
      • ‘The film revolves around an unnamed young man's emergent lucidity within a dream.’
      • ‘He has redirected attention to moments of Hamlet's lucidity and thus belied the prince's darker psychological tensions.’
  • 2literary Brightness; luminosity.

    ‘the lucidity of his paintings’
    • ‘Once outside the camera, in the light, the pictures took about a minute to develop fully, ripening from an initial turquoise haze into a creamy colorful lucidity.’
    • ‘The skillful artist defines objects with the lucidity of sunlight, and needs no epithets.’
    • ‘The lightness and lucidity of the glass concourse is exchanged for the more brooding atmosphere of massive concrete walls and the muscular rhythm of the steel structure.’
    • ‘Five shades of delicately creamy swathes of color, in a mélange of stirred light, give your complexion brightness and lucidity.’
    • ‘The only source of light is the lucidity in the verse.’