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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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Still, The Holiday Calendar lacks the bonkers throw-all-the-tropes-on-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks verve of A Christmas Prince (at no point in The Holiday Calendar is anyone menaced by a wolf). Constance Grady, Vox, "The Holiday Calendar is Netflix’s latest stab at the Hallmark Christmas movie template. It’s … fine.," 2 Nov. 2018 Michael has the ability not only to play the solo splendidly, but also with such stylishness and verve. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Michael Tree, violist who co-founded the influential Guarneri Quartet, dies at 84," 1 Apr. 2018 This, along with Callaghan’s dialogue, is a lot to put on the shoulders of one actor, but Kiki Abba is up for the challenge, and brings verve and humanity to a role that could go very scenery-chewy very quickly. Megan Burbank, The Seattle Times, "Kiki Abba, frank body-image talk and a cupcake keep ‘Everything You Touch’ on track," 25 Sep. 2018 Showing verve and confidence, Vinicius proved to be by far the biggest threat to Sociedad with his bursts of speed from the left flank. Joseph Wilson, The Seattle Times, "Real Madrid back in trouble as Solari effect loses luster," 6 Jan. 2019 The orchestra played with bracing freshness, verve and polish, leaving nothing wanting in constructing the composer’s sonic cathedral. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "New York’s New Maestro," 1 Oct. 2018 For someone who has experienced tremendous personal tragedy, Saint John has irrepressible verve and a sense of wonder about life that’s infectious. Alexandra Gurvitch, Vogue, "Meet Bozoma Saint John, the Most Fashionable Woman in Silicon Valley," 29 May 2018 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,, "'View UpStairs' goes back in time to tragic fire in the gay community of 1973 New Orleans," 6 July 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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: great energy and enthusiasm

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