vivify

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v vivify give new life or energy to "A hot soup will revive me","This will renovate my spirits","This treatment repaired my health"
    • v vivify make more striking or animated "his remarks always vivify an otherwise dull story"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Vivify To endue with life; to make to be living; to quicken; to animate. "Sitting on eggs doth vivify , not nourish."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • vivify To make to be living; endue with life; animate; enliven; inspire as if with life.
    • vivify To impart life or animation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Vivify to make vivid, endue with life
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Quotations

  • Joseph Roux
    Joseph Roux
    “Nothing vivifies, and nothing kills, like the emotions.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. vivifier, L. vivificare,. See Vivid -fy; cf. Vivificate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vividusvivĕre, to live.

Usage

In literature:

Vivifying sweetness was in my nostrils, which expanded avidly for this new air.
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
Have you the brooding, warming, vivifying mother-mind?
"Whitman" by John Burroughs
It is from this that the fresh and vivifying stream of his Anarchist thought flows.
"Anarchism and Socialism" by George Plechanoff
It is this change in the manner of regarding men and their actions, first exhibited in romance, that has since renewed and vivified history.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 3 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
That of itself was a vivifying influence now.
"A Country Gentleman and his Family" by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
The lady leaves her sixteen or twenty eggs, all glued together, for the sun to vivify.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 2, No. 12, May, 1851." by Various
But he does not know where to find this superior ideal, which vivifies everything.
"Contemporary Russian Novelists" by Serge Persky
The removal of the soil and grime of the march and battle had a remarkably vivifying effect upon Si.
"Si Klegg, Book 4 (of 6) Experiences Of Si And Shorty On The Great Tullahoma Campaign" by John McElroy
Her cheeks blazed, her head went up, and something ran like a vivifying flame over her face.
"The House of Fulfilment" by George Madden Martin
It cannot penetrate or vivify the inmost life of ordinary humanity.
"Modern Substitutes for Christianity" by Pearson McAdam Muir
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In poetry:

'Tis such a blissful thing that still
Doth vivify
And shine and smile and hath the skill
To please without eternity.
"Quickness" by Henry Vaughan
Who may quench the God-born fire,
Pulsing at the soul's deep root?
Tyrants! grind it in the mire,
Lo, it vivifies the brute!
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
``Instructed thus, keep severed in your mind
The Passing from the Permanent, and prize
Only the precious heirlooms of Mankind,
Thought that ennobles, Art that vivifies.
"Sacred And Profane Love" by Alfred Austin
"For thee my sylphs in distant lands shall trace,
Where, far diffus'd, my vivifying powers
Awake, ungrateful bard, in blushing grace,
To life and love, awake thy wedded flowers.
"The Complaint Of The Goddess Of The Glaciers To Doctor Darwin" by Helen Maria Williams
Aught more than this I cannot trace.
There is no footstep, form, nor face
To vivify the scene;
Save where, but culled to fling away,
Posies of withering wildflowers say,
``Here children's feet have been.''
"At Vaucluse" by Alfred Austin
If you could take the silver from this hoary pate of mine,
And make it so my bouyant youth could never more decline;
And bring me back my bonny girl that long-lost love again,
So vivified she might not feel another touch of pain;
"If I Had A Million" by Samuel Alfred Beadle

In news:

Jonathan Jones, president of the Watkinsville firm Vivify Creative, will serve as a judge for the W3 Awards honoring web-based creative design.
It'll also stall Howard Stringer 's attempts to vivify the company's consumer electronics division.
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