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Monday, January 16, 2012

perspicacious

\pur-spi-KEY-shuhs\ , adjective;
1.
Having keen mental perception and understanding; discerning.
2.
Archaic. Having keen vision.
Quotes:
You are perspicacious, know the ways of the world, and are more tactful than most men of your age.
-- Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
More perspicacious neighbors, the Paulsens among them, suspected that Joey also enjoyed being the smartest person in the house.
-- Jonathan Franzen, Freedom
Origin:
Perspicacious is derived from the Late Latin word perspicācitās meaning "sharpness of sight."
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