perspicacity, perspicuity

perspicacity, perspicuity
   Perspicacity means shrewdness and applies to people ("a perspicacious judge of character"). Perspecu-ity means easily understood and applies to things ("a perspicuous explanation"). In both cases, a simpler synonym-shrewd for the first, clear for the second, for example-is often advisable.

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  • perspicacity, perspicuity —    Perspicacity means shrewdness and applies to people ( a perspicacious judge of character ). Perspecu ity means easily understood and applies to things ( a perspicuous explanation ). In both cases, a simpler synonym shrewd for the first, clear… …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • Perspicuity — Per spi*cu i*ty, n. [L. perspicuitas: cf. F. perspicuit[ e].] 1. The quality or state of being transparent or translucent. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] 2. The quality of being perspicuous to the understanding; clearness of expression or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • perspicacity —  , perspicuity  The first means shrewdness, the second lucidity …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • perspicuity — /perr spi kyooh i tee/, n. 1. clearness or lucidity, as of a statement. 2. the quality of being perspicuous. [1470 80; < L perspicuitas. See PERSPICUOUS, ITY] Syn. 1. clarity, plainness, intelligibility. 2. transparency. 3. PERSPICUITY,… …   Universalium

  • perspicuity — noun /ˌpəːspɪˈkjuːɪti,ˌpɚspəˈkjuədi/ a) Clarity, lucidity, especially in expression; the state or characteristic of being perspicuous. Whether through the first officers want of perspicuity or my own stupidity, I was not a bit the wiser for the… …   Wiktionary

  • perspicacity — noun /ˌpɜːr.spɪˈkæs.ə.tiː/ a) Acute discernment or understanding; insight. I understand, I said. The fact is that you have the money. His face brightened. He seemed pleased at my perspicacity. b) The human faculty or power to mentally grasp or… …   Wiktionary

  • perspicuity — n 1. lucidity, lucidness, clarity, clearness, plainness, unambiguousness, unambiguity, unmistakability; explicitness, preciseness, precision, exactness, definiteness, distinctness, clear cutness; com prehensibility, comprehensibleness,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • perspicacity — /perr spi kas i tee/, n. 1. keenness of mental perception and understanding; discernment; penetration. 2. Archaic. keen vision. [1540 50; earlier perspicacite < LL perspicacitas sharpness of sight, equiv. to perspicaci (s. of perspicax sharp… …   Universalium

  • perspicacity — Synonyms and related words: acuity, acumen, acuteness, apperception, astuteness, clear sight, cogency, color vision, cone vision, critical discernment, day vision, daylight vision, discernment, discrimination, eye, eye mindedness, eyesight,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • perspicuity — Synonyms and related words: Atticism, acuity, acumen, acuteness, apparentness, apperception, appropriateness, astuteness, chasteness, chastity, clarity, classicalism, classicism, clear sight, clear cutness, clearness, cogency, coherence, color… …   Moby Thesaurus

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