Meaning of lucid in English:


Pronunciation /ˈl(j)uːsɪd/

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  • 1Expressed clearly; easy to understand.

    ‘a lucid account’
    • ‘write in a clear and lucid style’
    • ‘It's written in very concrete language, very lucid, easy to understand.’
    • ‘Critics have noted his careful research, objectivity, and a lucid and understated but straightforward writing style.’
    • ‘The marketing effort, articulated in a lucid style, has been superb.’
    • ‘His style, always lucid and direct, is lively - what else could it be with a subject so colorful and controversial?’
    • ‘His prose style was plain and lucid and his store of knowledge - history, politics, literature - immense.’
    • ‘Their understated, yet lucid look at both the old and the new, serves as a reminder that indeed, simple is still good - regardless of the technology involved.’
    • ‘The reach of their combined talents is delightful: both easy, lucid writing and scrupulous scholarly documentation every step of the way.’
    • ‘These concepts have been expertly explained in a lucid and easy manner and has been supplemented by more than 50 photographs and diagrams.’
    • ‘His account contains a very lucid explanation of the issues, and continues with his eyewitness account of the proceedings.’
    • ‘Except for chapter 3, the prose is exceptionally lucid with little jargon.’
    • ‘As he grows increasingly drunk, his observations somehow become more lucid.’
    • ‘In more lucid moments of this album, the Kid remembers that he seeks hip-hop credibility.’
    • ‘However, there are a number of passages that shine with lucid, electrifying prose.’
    • ‘After some brief, lucid exposition, we get into the story proper.’
    • ‘Thanks for the most rational and lucid exposition on the subject of contemporary feminism I have read.’
    • ‘The story is interesting, and remarkably lucid given the rapid pace of its telling.’
    • ‘His students from his time at Manchester University remember his lectures as extraordinarily lucid.’
    • ‘What they say can be both extraordinarily lucid and almost unbearably moving.’
    • ‘Your lucid explanation of the hit-and-run was excellent.’
    • ‘The actors and actresses spoke well - the entire dialogue was very lucid and clear.’
    intelligible, comprehensible, understandable, cogent, coherent, communicative, articulate, eloquent
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    1. 1.1Showing or having the ability to think clearly, especially in intervals between periods of confusion or insanity.
      ‘he has a few lucid moments every now and then’
      • ‘However, during a lucid interval he did give instructions to plead, but, if they had the benefit of the reports now before the court, the defence would have opted for a different course of action.’
      • ‘Is it possible to conceive of madness without lucid intervals?’
      • ‘We have heard from several people that close relatives with Alzheimer's disease became amazingly lucid for short periods of time after receiving narcotic pain relievers.’
      • ‘Angie began to have occasional lucid periods where, besides the coughing and inability to rise, she was quite herself once more.’
      • ‘During one of my more lucid periods, I overheard Antonio arguing with an orderly about bringing food into the room.’
      • ‘Max, who wasn't responding well to treatment, remained in the hospital ward babbling at the ceiling and cursing in his more lucid moments.’
      • ‘In his more lucid moments he attempts to hide behind a paradox declaring that after all he doesn't believe his beliefs.’
      • ‘This moment of lucid thinking must be alarming to the Labour Party.’
      • ‘The confrontation of sorts, however, had used up all of the energy he obviously saved for staying lucid.’
      • ‘He was surprisingly lucid, claimed the pain wasn't bad at the moment, and was lamenting the fact that he must remain firmly ensconced in his recliner for the next few days.’
      • ‘He's surprisingly lucid in comparison to his usual interviews and manages to avoid the trademark doommongering and baseless claims of scientific advance.’
      • ‘Even with his air of insanity, he still appeared lucid enough to be displeased.’
      • ‘One minute he can be very lucid and at other times he's confused about who he is and who his children are.’
      • ‘In his most lucid moments, however, Emerson disavowed his Dionysian rhetoric.’
      • ‘The Admiral is more lucid, and much more aware.’
      • ‘One of the most lucid historians of the American Experiment passed away this week.’
      • ‘He seems perfectly lucid except for the wild statements he keeps making.’
      • ‘Until the point where he finally became lucid, his family feared the worst.’
      • ‘In lucid moments, they know they have lost on the issues.’
      • ‘There is no lucid understanding of the problem.’
      rational, sane, in one's right mind, in possession of one's faculties, of sound mind, able to think clearly
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    2. 1.2Psychology (of a dream) experienced with the dreamer feeling awake, aware of dreaming, and able to control events consciously.
      ‘Maybe I'd be able to experience a lucid dream and explore the deeper, darker reaches of my mind.’
      • ‘Some skeptics do not believe that there is such a state as lucid dreaming.’
      • ‘I know I probably wasn't really awake… Maybe it was lucid dreaming?’
      • ‘Sounds a little like the waking equivalent of a lucid dream in some ways.’
      • ‘The more you practice lucid dreaming, the easier it becomes.’
  • 2 literary Bright or luminous.

    ‘birds dipped their wings in the lucid flow of air’
    • ‘It is a lucid, bright day, and a lush tree looms across the window.’
    • ‘It is empty space, though space that is bright and lucid.’
    • ‘What a wonderful place the city had been to leave, as I looked down at it through the free and lucid air, the plane pitching in the thunderstorm which loomed as usual over Kenscoff.’
    • ‘He was asleep on the window, looking angelic as the moonlight shone in, making his skin a smooth pale lucid colour.’
    bright, shining, gleaming, luminous, radiant, brilliant, glowing, dazzling, lustrous, luminescent, phosphorescent
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Late 16th century (in lucid (sense 2)): from Latin lucidus (perhaps via French lucide or Italian lucido) from lucere ‘shine’, from lux, luc- ‘light’.