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[viv-id] /ˈvɪv ɪd/
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.
Origin of vivid
1630-40; < Latin vīvidus lively, equivalent to vīv(ere) to live (see vital) + -idus -id4
Related forms
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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  • Maya history became a tapestry of precise dates and vividly named personages.
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  • The author explains the story so vividly that even the strongest of heart will feel weepy.
  • It vividly reminded me of my favorite vacation to date.
  • The story is full of vividly conjured personalities.
  • The illustrations also vividly portray certain events in the story, making it easier to understand.
British Dictionary definitions for vividly


(of a colour) very bright; having a very high saturation or purity; produced by a pure or almost pure colouring agent
brilliantly coloured: vivid plumage
conveying to the mind striking realism, freshness, or trueness to life; graphic: a vivid account
(of a recollection, memory, etc) remaining distinct in the mind
(of the imagination, etc) prolific in the formation of lifelike images
making a powerful impact on the emotions or senses: a vivid feeling of shame
uttered, operating, or acting with vigour: vivid expostulations
full of life or vitality: a vivid personality
Derived Forms
vividly, adverb
vividness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin vīvidus animated, from vīvere to live
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Word Origin and History for vividly



1630s, from Latin vividus "spirited, animated, lively," from vivus "alive," from PIE *gwei- (see vital). Extension to colors is first recorded 1660s. Sense of "strong, distinct" (as of memories, etc.) is from 1680s; that of "very active or intense" (as of imagination, interest, etc.) is from 1853. Related: Vividly; vividness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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