Today’s Word : perspicuous

Word : perspicuous

PRONUNCIATION:

(puhr-SPIK-yoo-uhs)

MEANING:

adjective: Clearly expressed; easy to understand.

ETYMOLOGY:

From Latin perspicuus (transparent), from perspicere (to see through), from per- (through) + -spicere, combining form of specere (to look). Ultimately from the Indo-European root spek- (to observe), which is also the ancestor of such words as suspect, spectrum, bishop (literally, overseer), espionage, despise, telescope, spectator, speculum, and spectacles. Earliest documented use: 1570.

USAGE:

“HAND also offers the most informed and perspicuous account of the political violence.”
Darfur Humanitarian Update; Sudan Tribune (Paris, France); Sep 1, 2010.

“We can see exactly what’s going on, though the people involved can’t. We get a wonderfully perspicuous view of somebody else’s confusion.”
Tom Lubbock; Great Works; The Independent (London, UK); Jun 13, 2008.

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