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[lim-pid] /ˈlɪm pɪd/
clear, transparent, or pellucid, as water, crystal, or air:
We could see to the very bottom of the limpid pond.
free from obscurity; lucid; clear:
a limpid style; limpid prose.
completely calm; without distress or worry:
a limpid, emotionless existence.
Origin of limpid
1605-15; < Latin limpidus clear. See lymph, -id4
Related forms
limpidity, limpidness, noun
limpidly, adverb Unabridged
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  • So may heaven's grace clear away the foam from the conscience, that the river of thy thoughts may roll limpid thenceforth.
  • limpid sententiousness is often more poisonous than ordinary turgidity.
  • These benefit from her limpid tone and her sensual stage presence.
  • With its absence of propulsive drumming, this chamber jazz is still too limpid for some.
  • We went wandering through the woods, and came to a limpid and shallow stream a matter of three yards wide.
  • Her face was smooth and unscarred, but the fine lines of care were beginning to etch the limpid ivory of her complexion.
  • Millet's drawings are limpid and nuanced, with a remarkable feel for light and the weight of things.
  • Their limpid and listless endeavors to fall in with the spirit of farce are almost painful and pathetic.
  • Bouquet offers a limpid and deft performance, his quick shifts of emotion creating a chill all their own.
  • They are impressive precisely because they sound so natural, so limpid.
British Dictionary definitions for limpid


clear or transparent
(esp of writings, style, etc) free from obscurity
calm; peaceful
Derived Forms
limpidity, limpidness, noun
limpidly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from French limpide, from Latin limpidus clear
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Word Origin and History for limpid

c.1600, from French limpide (15c.) and directly from Latin limpidus "clear," from limpa "water goddess, water;" probably cognate with lympha "clear liquid" (see lymph). Related: Limpidly.

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