perspicacity

perspicacity
perspicacity 1540s, from M.Fr. perspicacité (15c.), from L.L. perspicacitas "sharp-sightedness, discernment," from L. perspicax "sharp-sighted," from perspicere "look through" (see PERSPECTIVE (Cf. perspective)).

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  • Perspicacity — Per spi*cac i*ty, n. [L. perspicacitas: cf. F. perspicacit[ e]. See {Perspicacious}.] The state of being perspicacious; acuteness of sight or of intelligence; acute discernment. Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • perspicacity — I noun acuity, acumen, acute discernment, acuteness, astuteness, capacity, clear thinking, clear thought, clear vision, discernment, discretion, discrimination, farsightedness, insight, judgment, ken, perception, perceptiveness, sagacity, sense,… …   Law dictionary

  • perspicacity — n. the perspicacity to + inf. (she had enough perspicacity to see through their schemes) * * * the perspicacity to + inf. (she had enough perspicacity to see through their schemes) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • 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

  • perspicacity — perspicacious ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having a ready insight into and understanding of things. DERIVATIVES perspicaciously adverb perspicacity noun. ORIGIN from Latin perspicax seeing clearly …   English terms dictionary

  • 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

  • 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

  • perspicacity — noun see perspicacious …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 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

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