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[ kleer ]SEE DEFINITION OF clearness

Synonyms for clearness

  • clarity
  • distinctness
  • lucidity
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Does the intensity of our love equal the clearness of our discoveries?

Any turbidness or impurity in the water will injure the clearness of the sweetmeats.

It is the nature of the thing, not the clearness of its outline, that determines its operation.

As a Judge he was noted for sound logic, and the clearness of his decisions.

This clearness and order of arrangement was, he observed, the glory of Luther's writings.

"I have marvelled often at the clearness of your soups, Marchesa," said the Colonel.

The sky was already a pale blue and of the clearness of crystal.

Why indeed, he said, when any name will do which expresses the thought of the mind with clearness?

We say I will walk abroad, and the truth will take form and clearness to me.

(Compare the hypotheses and images of Rep.) It is true that it does not attain to the clearness of ideas.

WORD ORIGIN

late 13c., "bright," from Old French cler "clear" (of sight and hearing), "light, bright, shining; sparse" (12c., Modern French clair), from Latin clarus "clear, loud," of sounds; figuratively "manifest, plain, evident," in transferred use, of sights, "bright, distinct;" also "illustrious, famous, glorious" (source of Italian chiaro, Spanish claro), from PIE *kle-ro-, from root *kele- (2) "to shout" (see claim (v.)).

The sense evolution involves an identification of the spreading of sound and the spreading of light (cf. English loud, used of colors; German hell "clear, bright, shining," of pitch, "distinct, ringing, high"). Of complexion, from c.1300; of the weather, from late 14c.; of meanings or explanations, "manifest to the mind, comprehensible," c.1300. (An Old English word for this was sweotol "distinct, clear, evident.") Sense of "free from encumbrance," apparently nautical, developed c.1500. Phrase in the clear attested from 1715. Clear-sighted is from 1580s (clear-eyed is from 1529s); clear-headed is from 1709.

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