American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The quality or condition of being vivacious; liveliness: "the light and vivacity that laugh in the eyes of a child” ( Charles Dickens).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Vital force; vigor.
- n. Tenacity of life; hence, length of life; longevity.
- n. Liveliness of manner or character; sprightliness of temper or behavior; animation; life; briskness; cheerfulness; spirit.
- n. That which is vivacious; a vivacious act or saying.
- n. Synonyms Life, Liveliness, etc. See animation.
- n. The state of being vivacious.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being vivacious.
- n. obsolete Tenacity of life; vital force; natural vigor.
- n. Life; animation; spiritedness; liveliness; sprightliness.
- n. characterized by high spirits and animation
- From Latin vīvācitās. (Wiktionary)
“His mother, always a practical woman, did not press the question of marriage, deeming that with his disposition he would stand a better chance of married peace when he had expended a good deal of what she called his vivacity; and his father, who came of very long-lived people, always said that no man should take a wife before he was thirty.”
“His politeness, his learning, his knowledge of the world, however amiable, are in character at his season of life; but his vivacity is astonishing.”
“It rivals in vivacity the representations by Jacob Hoefnagel (circa 1610; National Library of Austria) and the head study, possibly from life, by Cornelis Saftleven (1638; Boymans Museum, Rotterdam; E. Fuller, Dodo: From Extinction to Icon, London, 2002, pp. 80-81, 111).”
“But Iranian culture and vivacity is kept going most of all by the country’s writers and filmmakers (who are sometimes, like the director-poet Abbas Kiarostami, the same people).”
“Under the general keying-up of the altitude, manners take on a heartiness, a vivacity, that is one expression of the half-unconscious excitement which Colorado people miss when they drop into lower strata of air.”
“But good judges have assured me that there was much that was factitious in the manner of this eminent comedian, and that his vivacity was a trifle mechanical.”
“Under the general keyingup of the altitude, manners take on a heartiness, a vivacity, that is one expression of the half-unconscious excitement which Colorado people miss when they drop into lower strata of air.”
“He admired her appearance, her elegance, and the charm of her way of living, which he called "doing herself jolly well"; even her unsmiling face and characteristic lack of what is generally called vivacity won his approval.”
“Every cross-thread of wool is deeper in tone than the cotton thread it crosses, and this gives the quality which artists call vivacity or vibration.”
“The girl I have got has more vivacity, which is better for the child.”
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