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[pur-spi-kas-i-tee] /ˌpɜr spɪˈkæs ɪ ti/
keenness of mental perception and understanding; discernment; penetration.
Archaic. keen vision.
1540-50; earlier perspicacite < Late Latin perspicācitās sharpness of sight, equivalent to perspicāci- (stem of perspicāx sharp-sighted; see perspicuous) + -tās -ty2
1. shrewdness, acuity, astuteness, insight, acumen. See perspicuity.
1. obtuseness. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for perspicacity
  • His theme is the purposeless drifting of people now in their 20s and he presents it with remarkable restraint and perspicacity.
  • Sadly, perhaps the rush to print overcomes accuracy and perspicacity.
  • The brevity has an elegant perspicacity.
  • She always congratulates them on their perspicacity.
  • He showed a shocking lack of perspicacity in that decision.
  • You are a savante of infinite grace and perspicacity.
  • The perspicacity of the Bard astounds us.
  • The perspicacity of crows has a certain appeal to some bird-watchers.
  • She wishes the presenters would just write significant words on the board and talk about them with wit and perspicacity.
  • It is a last word that is overwhelmingly elegant in its perspicacity.
Word Origin and History for perspicacity
1540s, from M.Fr. perspicacité (15c.), from L.L. perspicacitas "sharp-sightedness, discernment," from L. perspicax "sharp-sighted," from perspicere "look through" (see perspective).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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