verve

noun
\ ˈvərv \

Definition of verve

1a : the spirit and enthusiasm animating artistic composition or performance : vivacity
2 archaic : special ability or talent

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Examples of verve in a Sentence

She played with skill and verve.

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Except that any such intention is betrayed by the verve and zest of the invention: the rammy-jams, new-metal mistresses, jet-scoots and pleasure-beams. Tom Shippey, WSJ, "Science Fiction: Rediscovering a Golden-Age Treasure," 28 Dec. 2018 This Circle Theatre incarnation, directed with maximalist verve by Derek Van Barham, incorporates updated dialogue for the 2017 setting as Wes tries to tell the 1973 crowd what the world is like now. Kerry Reid, chicagotribune.com, "'View UpStairs' goes back in time to tragic fire in the gay community of 1973 New Orleans," 6 July 2018 The movie version was directed with unquenchable verve by Jeff Tomsic, who’s making his feature debut; Larry Blanford did the quite elegant cinematography. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Tag’ Review: More Than a Game," 14 June 2018 Café No Sé With a steady flow of guests from the ultra-hip South Congress Hotel and locals who are here to refuel while strolling the strip, this is a place in which to immerse yourself in Austin's verve, and the food delivers. Allison Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Brunches in Austin," 4 Mar. 2018 While Uganda lacks in talent relative to other African teams, its players quickly adopted their new coach’s verve and and professionalism. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "George Galanopoulos's Unlikely Journey From Basketball Dreamer to Uganda Head Coach," 13 June 2018 At Marvel, Lee brought jazzy verve with his dialogue, Kirby a promethean cosmic imagination, and Ditko an idiosyncratic visual elan. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Steve Ditko, the co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, is dead.," 7 July 2018 That 2015 thriller, written by Taylor Sheridan and directed with hypnotic verve by Denis Villeneuve, was a scary, serpentine plunge into the darkness and amorality of the Mexican drug trade. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Violent, self-admiring sequel 'Sicario: Day of the Soldado' gets lost in the desert," 26 June 2018 But the statement resonated loud and clear: Someone has finally figured out how to cram all that creative verve into a single, functioning lineup. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Belgium Is Looking Like the Most Potent Side at the World Cup," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of verve

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for verve

French, from Middle French, caprice, from Old French, word, gossip, from Vulgar Latin *verva, from Latin verba, plural of verbum word — more at word

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verve

noun

English Language Learners Definition of verve

: great energy and enthusiasm

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