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vivid

[viv-id] /ˈvɪv ɪd/
adjective
1.
strikingly bright or intense, as color, light, etc.:
a vivid green.
2.
full of life; lively; animated:
a vivid personality.
3.
presenting the appearance, freshness, spirit, etc., of life; realistic:
a vivid account.
4.
strong, distinct, or clearly perceptible:
a vivid recollection.
5.
forming distinct and striking mental images:
a vivid imagination.
Origin
1630-1640
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
Synonyms
1. bright, brilliant, intense. 2. spirited, vivacious, intense. 3. See picturesque.
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British Dictionary definitions for vividness

vivid

/ˈvɪvɪd/
adjective
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
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 vividness

vivid

adj.

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.

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