vitalise

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v vitalise make more lively or vigorous "The treatment at the spa vitalized the old man"
    • v vitalise give life to "The eggs are vitalized"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Vitalise to make vital or alive: to give life to or furnish with the vital principle
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vitalisvita, life—vivĕre, to live; cog. with Gr. bios, life.

Usage

In literature:

A good historical story vitalises the conception of past events and brings their characters into relation with the present.
"How to Tell Stories to Children" by Sara Cone Bryant
And feeling is the vitalising principle of poetry.
"Jasmin: Barber, Poet, Philanthropist" by Samuel Smiles
And should we not learn to combine such elements to vitalise our 'White Eagle'?
"The Secret Power" by Marie Corelli
Might not the marvel electricity or galvanism, in action on albumen, turn out to be the vitalising force?
"Australia Felix" by Henry Handel Richardson
There could hardly be better examples of the vitalising efficacy of fine literature.
"The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders" by Ernest Scott
Titles, estates, and wealth were but shadows without the vitalising breath of power.
"Essays in Rebellion" by Henry W. Nevinson
He handled Latin as a living, not as a dead language, and his style is vigorous, terse, vitalised.
"De Orbe Novo, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Trans. by Francis Augustus MacNutt
I shall vitalise him.
"A Diversity of Creatures" by Rudyard Kipling
Christianity has become a vitalising gospel for the life Here even more than for the Hereafter.
"New Ideas in India During the Nineteenth Century" by John Morrison
Under such a sky, with such a delicate pricking vitalisation in the air, it was impossible not to be Parisian.
"The Lion's Share" by E. Arnold Bennett
But now there came forth one more proof of the vitalising force of the national principle.
"The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.)" by John Holland Rose
The water was like the kiss of new life, crisp, tonic, vitalising.
"Pearl of Pearl Island" by John Oxenham
Oh, that imagination had the authority of history to vitalise the old man and his times!
"The Little Manx Nation - 1891" by Hall Caine
His presence vitalised the assembly; the suppressed idealism in his supporters came bubbling to the surface.
"Mummery" by Gilbert Cannan
This bit of vitalised inorganic has no sex, and because of that it cannot love.
"The Kempton-Wace Letters" by Jack London
John Dene's impulsive energy had vitalised all about him.
"John Dene of Toronto" by Herbert Jenkins
In the first condition of vitalised matter we find the evidence of autonomy.
"The Speech of Monkeys" by R. L. Garner
Not that it lacks the crisp vitalising elements which are supposed to belong to the north.
"The Man Who Rose Again" by Joseph Hocking
In describing these people he had the rare art of the vitalising touch.
"Masterman and Son" by W. J. Dawson
She could imagine him stepping out of that fragile shape, and still be alive, more powerful and more vitalised in another.
"A Son of Perdition" by Fergus Hume
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In poetry:

I’d calmly think of all my wandering youth
Had suffered, with a heart so dear to Truth
That she at length had portioned it with love,
And then of her who to my very soul
Was what the vitalising Sun above
Is to the natural whole.
"A Poet's Home" by Charles Harpur