vid-, video-, vis-, -vision, -visional, -visionally, visuo-, vu-

(Latin: videre, "to see"; plus words with other related meanings: to notice, noticing, noticed; observe, observing, observed; look, looking, looked; perceive, perceiving, perceived, perception; see, seeing, saw, seen, sight; view, viewing, viewed; manifest, manifesting, manifested; reveal, revealing, revealed, revelelation)

Although many of the words in this unit seem to be from other Latin origins, all of them are etymologically derived from the main Latin videre, "to see" element.

eccentric vision (s) (noun), eccentric visions (pl)
The fixation of the eyes with a part of the retina other than the fovea.

The fovea is located in the eye, a tiny pit located in the macula of the retina (a small spot in the eye where vision is sharpest) which provides the clearest vision of all.

Only in the fovea are the layers of the retina spread aside to let light fall directly on the cones, the cells that give the sharpest image.

enviable (adjective), more enviable, most enviable
1. Relating to the pleasure of being very desirable: Shirley has an enviable reputation for honesty.
2. Conveying feelings of being wanted: This company is in the enviable position of having no real competitors.

When someone is in an enviable situation, others wish that they were also in that status.

enviableness (s) (noun) (no plural)
Highly desirable: As head of the company, Eugenia has an enviableness that some other people wish they could have, too.
enviably (adverb), more enviably, most enviably
Arousing or likely to arouse a feeling of wanting to have what another person has: Mack's company had enviably high profits last year.
envious (adjective), more envious, most envious
Feeling, or showing, a desire to have what others have: It is obvious that Jim's fellow workers were envious of his success as a technical innovator.

Envious programmers desired to know how Roy was able to set up such an efficient web site.

enviously (adverb), more enviously, most enviously
A reference to feeling or showing jealousy for what someone else has: Neighbors were enviously looking at Jaden's new car and wishing they could have one, too.
enviousness (s) (noun) (not countable)
A feeling of great admiration and desire to have something possessed by another person or other people: There is a great deal of enviousness being felt by adult musicians for the extraordinary talent of the thirteen-year old piano player.
envisage (verb), envisages; envisaged; envisaging
1. To conceive of and to contemplate a future possibility: There are those who envisage a time when jobs will be available for everyone who wants one.
2. To mentally conceive an image or a picture of something; especially, as a future possibility: Many people are envisaging a world where all nations can get along with each other.

Janette and Erin envisaged an opportunity to finally be able to buy their own home.

envision (verb), envisions; envisioned; envisioning
1. To think of something that people can believe might exist or happen in the future: The glassmakers are envisioning many uses for their creations.

After overcoming most of her health problems, Shirley envisioned a better life for herself and for her family.

2. Etymology: "something seen in the imagination or in the supernatural", from Anglo-French visioun; Old French vision; which came from Latin visionem, visio, "act of seeing, sight, thing seen"; from the past participle stem of videre, "to see".
To picture the future in the mind.
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To imagine something that is not in existence yet.
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envy (s) (noun), envys (pl)
1. The resentful or unhappy feeling of wanting another person's success, good fortune, qualities, or possessions.
2. Spite and resentment at seeing the success of someone else (personified as one of the deadly sins).
3. A resentful desire of something possessed by another person or what other people have, but not necessarily limited to material possessions: The envies of other students were obvious because Bert always knew the answers to the questions that the teacher presented to the class.

Sarina's beautiful hair was an object of envy by anyone who saw her.

4. Etymology: from Old French envie, from Latin invidia, "envy, jealousy"; from invidus, "envious"; from invidere, "envy"; earlier, "look at (with malice), cast an evil eye upon"; from in-, "upon" + videre, "to see".
envy (verb), envies; envied; envying
1. To feel hatred or displeasure regarding a person because of his or her possessions, wealth, achievements, talents, skills, etc.: Jason felt it was a compliment when others envied him because of his successful publications.
2. To feel a desire to have what another person or people have: James was strongly envying Lina for her programming skills for computers.
epileptic panoramic vision
A symptom of an epileptic attack, caused by a neuronal discharge from the temporal lobe, during which events from the patient's past life are seen vividly in a panoramic fashion.

This is usually an accelerated ecmnesic (loss of memory for recent events) visual hallucination.

Esse quam videri.
To be rather than to seem.

Also translated, "To be rather than to seem to be." State motto of North Carolina, USA; and a motto of the National College of Chiropractic, Lombard, Illinois, USA.

Esto quod esse videris.
Be what you seem to be.
evidence (s) (noun), evidences (pl)
1. Something that gives a sign or proof of the existence or the truth of something, or that helps any one to come to a particular conclusion: The doctor told Mayr that there is no evidence that this illness is related to diet.
2. The objects, or information, used to prove or to suggest the guilt of someone accused of a crime: So far, the police have no evidence that Hank's brother committed the robbery.
3. The oral, or written statements, of witnesses and other people involved in a trial or official inquiry.
4. A thing, or things, helpful in forming a conclusion or judgment.
5. Etymology: "appearance from which inferences may be drawn", from Old French evidence, from Late Latin evidentia, "proof"; originally "distinction, clearness" from Latin evidentem, from ex-, "fully, out of" + videntem, videre, "to see".

Cross references of word families that are related directly, or indirectly, to: "appear, visible, visual, manifest, show, see, reveal, look": blep-; delo-; demonstra-; opt-; -orama; pare-; phanero-; phant-; pheno-; scopo-; spec-; vela-, veal-.