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Characterized by transparent clearness; pellucid. Easily intelligible, clear. Free of anything that darkens.  Calm and serene.


This special adjective is dated back to the 1600’s and stems from Latin word limpidus which stands for clarity. Latin limpa stands both for water and for the water goddess and these probably cognate with the word lympha meaning clear liquid.

Why this word?

This is a great word to use for many reasons. Surely, waters are limpid, but this doesn’t make this word special, referring to limpid personality however, does. When we refer to a person as limpid we can mean two different things; a limpid character would be a person who lives his life happily, deals with everything calmly and mostly- as is, without attesting the situation with further complications.

A limpid mind would be the mind of a child, not at all empty, but isn’t yet filled with notions impeding his receiving of information; limpid minds are easy to teach, easily absorb and understand information.

How to use limpid?

For anything that is simply clear, you can simply alternate between clear and limpid.

This writer is known for her limpid writing“, “thank you for your presentation, it was very limpid“.

Referring to an easily taught mind- a limpid mind would be the best. “David is a pleasure! His mind is limpid; he is thirsty for information and willing to work hard“!

I wouldn’t exchange clarity of physical objects with limpid; although thematically there is no reason not too, transparent works great in this meaning and limpid would sound a but too much when describing a clean window…


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Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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