[ vizh-uhn ]SEE DEFINITION OF vision


There are those in the world who scorn our vision of human dignity and freedom.

They have no vision, and when there is no vision the people perish.

By their observance, an earth of peace may become not a vision but a fact.

Now and then she would stop suddenly to contemplate the vision she had created.

Yet when we do make them come true, we find the vision sweeter than the reality.

Beyond the controlling power of money we have no vision, and we see no laws.

To his jealous eyes came a vision of that excursion to the hospital.

Marriage, that had been but a vision then, loomed large, almost menacing.

I ate--I could eat now that I had had my Vision--and grew strong.

But as the vision passed, a great desire of life grew upon me.


late 13c., "something seen in the imagination or in the supernatural," from Anglo-French visioun, Old French vision (12c.), from Latin visionem (nominative visio) "act of seeing, sight, thing seen," from past participle stem of videre "to see," from PIE root *weid- "to know, to see" (cf. Sanskrit veda "I know;" Avestan vaeda "I know;" Greek oida, Doric woida "I know," idein "to see;" Old Irish fis "vision," find "white," i.e. "clearly seen," fiuss "knowledge;" Welsh gwyn, Gaulish vindos, Breton gwenn "white;" Gothic, Old Swedish, Old English witan "to know;" Gothic weitan "to see;" English wise, German wissen "to know;" Lithuanian vysti "to see;" Bulgarian vidya "I see;" Polish widzieć "to see," wiedzieć "to know;" Russian videt' "to see," vest' "news," Old Russian vedat' "to know"). The meaning "sense of sight" is first recorded late 15c. Meaning "statesman-like foresight, political sagacity" is attested from 1926.


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