Definitions

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  • n. That which enlivens.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, enlivens, animates, or invigorates.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which enlivens, animates, vivifies, or invigorates.

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

  • n. an agent that gives or restores life or vigor

Etymologies

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enliven +‎ -er

Examples

  • His pale blue eyes were fixed in his head, and he chewed steadily at lozenges of peppermint or cinnamon to hide the perfume of the glass of "enlivener" with which his wife had bribed him as an argument for submitting to get up and be dressed.

    The Dew of Their Youth

  • Different parties of pleasure were talked of: but still the enlivener of every party was not to be in any one of them.

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • Savitri the Sun as quickener or enlivener, Mitra the bright Sun of the morn; Pushan the Sun of the shepherds; Varuna was the sky as all-embracing; Aditya the sky as boundless.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery

  • He has these, the physical side and the spiritual side, under two names, the glowing one, S [= u] rya, and the enlivener, Savitar; [4] but he is also the good god who bestows benefits, and as such he was known, probably locally, by the name of Bhaga.

    The Religions of India Handbooks on the History of Religions, Volume 1, Edited by Morris Jastrow

  • It did him no great harm; it might be taken for an enlivener; he was dead on his favourite spot the ensuing round, played postman on it.

    The Amazing Marriage — Volume 2

  • There is no enlivener of the imagination, no enabler of the judgment, no strengthener of the intellect, to compare with the belief in a live Ideal, at the heart of all personality, as of every law.

    A Dish of Orts : Chiefly Papers on the Imagination, and on Shakespeare

  • Joe Manton just then brought in a bouquet for Miss Evelyn, a very common enlivener of the breakfast-table, all the more when, as in the present case, the sisters could not divine where it came from.

    Queechy

  • Thus I think I have proved to you that the writer of a good novel has at least a claim to the good will of society, as the contriver of an agreeable amusement, and the enlivener of a vacant hour: for you will allow, that whatever contributes to the sum of human enjoyments, without being too chargeable to human prudence, is so much gained.

    The Unexpected Legacy

  • Whiskey, to the early Americans, was "an informal currency, a means of livelihood, and an enlivener of a harsh existence," so they strongly resisted the tax.

    NPR Topics: News

  • He has proposed a broader range of responsibilities and possibilities for the individual who leads congregational singing, and suggests that in culturally conscious worship the musical presider be called the "enlivener."

    RELIGION

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