sprightliness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sprightliness animation and energy in action or expression "it was a heavy play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sprightliness The quality or state of being sprightly; liveliness; life; briskness; vigor; activity; gayety; vivacity. "In dreams, observe with what a sprightliness and alacrity does she [the soul] exert herself!"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sprightliness The state or character of being sprightly; liveliness; life; briskness; vigor; activity; gaiety; vivacity.
    • n sprightliness Synonyms Life, Liveliness, etc. See animation.
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Usage

In literature:

In her voice there was still some echo of former sprightliness.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
The sprightliness of his lighter moods, no less than the throbbing pathos of his sadder moments, had won her heart.
"The Holy Cross and Other Tales" by Eugene Field
In all those songs there are a sprightliness and charm.
"Practical Grammar and Composition" by Thomas Wood
Eric's sprightliness, once the delight of all his friends, was now rarely exhibited, except in the company of Wildney and Graham.
"Eric, or Little by Little" by Frederic W. Farrar
Henry was charmed with the pleasant sprightliness of his guest, whose lively French manner attracted him more and more.
"The King's Esquires" by George Manville Fenn
In this way they were encouraged to habits of economy, perseverance, and sprightliness.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
He carried his ears and tail with more sprightliness and conviction.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Nevertheless, in those very letters there is some sprightliness, and considerable ability of a certain kind.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
Warruk was growing by the hour, or at least so it seemed, and increasing in sprightliness each day.
"The Black Phantom" by Leo Edward Miller
Washington Irving wants sprightliness and more refined manners.
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville
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In poetry:

It's the Spring.
A sprightliness feeble and squalid
Wakes in the ward, and I sicken,
Impotent, winter at heart.
"Pastoral" by William Ernest Henley
Say, Dartmouth, who your banks admired,
Again beneath your caves retired,
Shall grace the pensive shade;
With all the bloom, with all the truth,
With all the sprightliness of youth,
By cool reflection sway'd?
"A Pastoral Ode. To the Hon. Sir Richard Lyttleton" by William Shenstone
The fashion of her gracefulness was not a follow'd rule,
And her effervescent sprightliness was never learnt at school;
And her words were all peculiar, like the fairy's who 'spoke pearls;'
And her tone was ever sweetest midst the cadences of girls.
"A Portrait - I" by Nathaniel Parker Willis