strikingly bright or intense, as color, light, etc.: a vivid green.
full of life; lively; animated: a vivid personality.
presenting the appearance, freshness, spirit, etc., of life; realistic: a vivid account.
strong, distinct, or clearly perceptible: a vivid recollection.
forming distinct and striking mental images: a vivid imagination.

1630–40; < Latin vīvidus lively, equivalent to vīv(ere) to live (see vital) + -idus -id4

vividly, adverb
vividness, vividity, noun
overvivid, adjective
overvividly, adverb
overvividness, noun
unvivid, adjective
unvividly, adverb
unvividness, noun

1. bright, brilliant, intense. 2. spirited, vivacious, intense. 3. See picturesque. Unabridged
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vivid (ˈvɪvɪd)
1.  (of a colour) very bright; having a very high saturation or purity; produced by a pure or almost pure colouring agent
2.  brilliantly coloured: vivid plumage
3.  conveying to the mind striking realism, freshness, or trueness to life; graphic: a vivid account
4.  (of a recollection, memory, etc) remaining distinct in the mind
5.  (of the imagination, etc) prolific in the formation of lifelike images
6.  making a powerful impact on the emotions or senses: a vivid feeling of shame
7.  uttered, operating, or acting with vigour: vivid expostulations
8.  full of life or vitality: a vivid personality
[C17: from Latin vīvidus animated, from vīvere to live]

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Word Origin & History

1638, from L. vividus "spirited, animated, lively," from vivus "alive," from PIE *gwei- (see vital). Extension to colors is first recorded 1665. Sense of "strong, distinct" (as of memories, etc.) is from 1690; that of "very active or intense" (as of imagination, interest, etc.) is from 1853.
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Example sentences
In brightly lit, high-contrast settings the camera had difficulty focusing on
  vividly colored objects.
TO preside over a social hierarchy requires a sharp eye for detail, and this
  may explain why snobs often write vividly.
The extensive home movies featured in the film show the time and place vividly.
Maya history became a tapestry of precise dates and vividly named personages.
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