Words I Love 006 – Vivid

Time for another in my occasional series ‘ Words I Love’. Today, ‘vivid’, such a great word, so few letters, just v,i & d. Enjoy, use, infuse, re-use, bemuse, but don’t lose or misuse…

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]

ˈvividly adv ˈvividness n

Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003


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