Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British Variant of vigor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Active strength or force of body or mind; capacity for exertion, physically, intellectually, or morally; force; energy.
  • n. Strength or force in animal or force in animal or vegetable nature or action; as, a plant grows with vigor.
  • n. Strength; efficacy; potency.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See vigor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. active strength of body or mind
  • n. forceful exertion
  • n. an imaginative lively style (especially style of writing)

Etymologies

From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman vigour, from Old French vigor, from Latin vigor, from vigeoĀ ("thrive, flourish"), from Proto-Indo-European. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Your honesty and vigour is pretty inspiring, and I enjoy your style.

    Embarassed 2 B Azn

  • I hasten to assure you that this law no longer is in vigour, so I can safely continue.

    Dario Fo - Nobel Lecture

  • The soul of Alleyn seemed to acquire new vigour from the conflict; he fought like a man panting for honour, and certain of victory; wherever he rushed, conquest flew before him.

    The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne: A Highland Story

  • We remember with a thrill of pride that England produced Shakespeare, but we must also remember that this great Dominion of ours, flung from sea to sea, with a national life as bounding in vigour as it is defective in character, with the stamp of bigness on both its accomplishment and its promise, is without a stage of its own, is without a school of dramatists, is without one dramatic composition in, any way expressive of its wider issues.

    The Interpreters of Canada

  • For by this proportion it will never fail, but a hundred shall be found excelling in mental vigour, that is, on the hypothesis that, out of fifty that seek and obtain office, one will always be found not less than first-rate, besides others that imitate the virtues of the first-rate, and are therefore worthy to rule.

    A Political Treatise

  • A vitality, a vigour, which is infectious owing to its strength and intractability and to the paradoxical freedom it possesses as against what is related.

    Nobel Prize in Literature - 1983

  • Then it comes to life and continues nourishing itself on this food and on devout meditation until it has attained full vigour, which is the essential point, for I attach no importance to the rest.

    The Interior Castle or The Mansions

  • Their vigour is an important part of the liveliness of our democracy.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Events are consistent with my December, 2010, column, which concluded: "While the behaviour of real interest rates suggests that the economic outlook may look better in the U.S. than in Canada, my view is that it will not be characterized by vigour in either country and much of the growth will be inflationary."

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • 'I endeavoured to give both to her mind and body a degree of vigour, which is seldom found in the female sex.

    Chap. III

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