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perspicacity

[pur-spi-kas-i-tee] /ˌpɜr spɪˈkæs ɪ ti/
noun
1.
keenness of mental perception and understanding; discernment; penetration.
2.
Archaic. keen vision.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; earlier perspicacite < Late Latin perspicācitās sharpness of sight, equivalent to perspicāci- (stem of perspicāx sharp-sighted; see perspicuous) + -tās -ty2
Synonyms
1. shrewdness, acuity, astuteness, insight, acumen. See perspicuity.
Antonyms
1. obtuseness.
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  • His theme is the purposeless drifting of people now in their 20s and he presents it with remarkable restraint and perspicacity.
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Word Origin and History for perspicacity
n.

1540s, from Middle French perspicacité (15c.) and directly from Late Latin perspicacitas "sharp-sightedness, discernment," from Latin perspicax "sharp-sighted, having the power of seeing through," from perspicere "look through, look closely at" (see perspective).

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