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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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  • It was like the sweeping shadow of a flying wing, and left only the limpidity of sweetest, most candid acquiescence.

    The Rescue Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • Her expression, her voice, her lack of sophistication, all had the limpidity of water.

    The Dust Flower Basil King
  • You admire the limpidity of his thought, the purity of his enunciation, and your own knowledge of a tongue so recently acquired.

    The King of Alsander James Elroy Flecker
  • He surpasses his master, nevertheless, in energy and limpidity of composition.

    Gerfaut, Complete Charles de Bernard
  • The limpidity of the diction is even more striking than its beauty.

    Life of John Milton Richard Garnett
  • The beauty of their form consists in its limpidity and naturalness.

  • There was a clarity and limpidity about her trills and runs which surprised and delighted.

  • The wines lose their limpidity; they become flat and insipid and viscous, like oil when poured out.

    Louis Pasteur Ren Vallery-Radot
  • It is so pure, so immaterial, one would say that two ideas joined in the limpidity of ineluctable thought.

  • He enjoyed the limpidity and the irony, but the sustained roll of Gibbon's antitheses vexed him a little.

British Dictionary definitions for limpidity


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 limpidity

1650s, from French limpidité or directly from Late Latin limpiditatem (nominative limpiditas) "clarity," from Latin limpidus (see 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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