adj. viv·id·er, viv·id·est
1. Perceived as bright and distinct; brilliant: a vivid star.
a. Having intensely bright colors: a vivid tapestry.
b. Having a very high degree of saturation: a vivid purple.
3. Presented in clear and striking manner: a vivid account of the incident.
4. Perceived or felt with the freshness of immediate experience: a vivid recollection of their childhood.
5. Active in forming lifelike images: a vivid imagination.
[Latin vīvidus, from vīvere, to live; see gwei- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: vivid, graphic, lifelike, realistic
These adjectives mean strikingly sharp and accurate: a vivid recollection; a graphic account of the battle; a lifelike portrait; a realistic description.
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