vivacity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n vivacity characterized by high spirits and animation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Vivacity The quality or state of being vivacious. "The vivacity of some of these pensioners is little less than a miracle, they lived so long."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vivacity Vital force; vigor.
    • n vivacity Tenacity of life; hence, length of life; longevity.
    • n vivacity Liveliness of manner or character; sprightliness of temper or behavior; animation; life; briskness; cheerfulness; spirit.
    • n vivacity That which is vivacious; a vivacious act or saying.
    • n vivacity Synonyms Life, Liveliness, etc. See animation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Vivacity state of being vivacious: life: animation: liveliness or sprightliness of temper or behaviour:
    • Vivacity (rare) a vivacious act or saying
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Quotations

  • Joseph Addison
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    “To a man of pleasure every moment appears to be lost, which partakes not of the vivacity of amusement.”
  • Joseph Addison
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    “As vivacity is the gift of women, gravity is that of men.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. vivicitas,: cf. F. vivacité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vivax, vivacisvivĕre, to live.

Usage

In literature:

While for vivacity and ease there is little or nothing to choose.
"A Writer's Recollections (In Two Volumes), Volume II" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
We have had that unendurable bore Vivacity Dull with us for a whole fortnight.
"Vivian Grey" by Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
I have infinite vivacity: it is that which runs away with me.
"Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
The Greek women are very beautiful, and remarkable for vivacity and intelligence of mind.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 10, Issue 265, July 21, 1827" by Various
We both wanted to be in a birch: Iglesias, because he knew the fresh, inspiring vivacity of such a voyage; I, because I divined it.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, Number 59, September, 1862" by Various
But her features had been well-trained to conceal her sentiments; and her usual vivacity instantly returned.
"Philothea" by Lydia Maria Child
We even felt an unusual elasticity of frame and vivacity of mind.
"Edgar Allan Poe's Complete Poetical Works" by Edgar Allan Poe
She attracted me on account of her bright vivacity, quick wit and keen sense of humor, therefore I sat listening to her pleasant chatter.
"The Czar's Spy" by William Le Queux
Her vivacity enchanted the Sage, and they used to talk together with all imaginable ease.
"Life Of Johnson, Volume 4 (of 6)" by Boswell
Upon being told there was not, he sung an Erse song with much vivacity.
"Life Of Johnson, Volume 5" by Boswell
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In poetry:

Solo una rosa, una fulgida rosa
Dal vivace color, nata il mattino,
Surse a lottar, fidente e coraggiosa,
Coll'avverso destino.
"Circolo" by Ferdinando Fontana
To boist'rous humour I ne'er make pretence,
For vivacity merely is mine;
And this I employ'd, tho' poor the defence,
'Gainst the magic of glances like thine.
"In Answer" by Charlotte Dacre
To Strephon too I now must bid farewel,
In whom the pleasing graces sweetly dwell:
That sweet vivacity, that sprightly air,
That lovely mien will charm th' admiring fair.
"A Farewel to the Country" by Samuel Bowden

In news:

Tracy is all vivacity looking for boundaries, and Melanie can't provide her daughter with any.
Søren Kierkegaard's method, dictated by his volatile and provocative temperament, resembles that of a fiction writer: he engages in multiple impersonations, assuming various poses and voices with an impartial vivacity.
Vivace is Nualight's premium LED lighting color technology which aims to bring out the natural colors in food.
The Alto 610 Vivace canopy light has been designed for serve-overs and open multidecks, and the Porto 610 Vivace door light has been designed for multidecks with glass doors.
VORTICES Via Mark Kleiman, researchers at the University of Michigan have created a wave-based system for generating electricity called VIVACE, or "vortex-induced vibrations for aquatic clean energy".
WASHINGTON — The atmosphere inside Nationals Park on Thursday never seemed like it would match the relentless vivacity of the previous day, when this city hosted its first postseason baseball game since 1933.
One of America's truly homegrown musical genres and social barometers has definitely left the building, as rap has been appropriated and infused with a new vivacity by emcees and producers across Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia.
Tragic News about Vivace Coffee Artist, Brian Fairbrother.
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