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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.
Recent Examples on the Web The tenor Rodell Rosel brought verve and flair to the malicious yet bungling Monostatos. New York Times, "Review: Fresh Talent Fuels ‘The Magic Flute’ at the Met," 16 Dec. 2019 Morris has been in good form for both the USA and Seattle, while Boyd showed flashes of his skill and attacking verve during the Gold Cup and remains an intriguing player. Brian Straus,, "USMNT Nations League Squad: Berhalter Sticks With Continuity, Dest Absent," 2 Oct. 2019 But Selah and the Spades is less formally ambitious and more accessible in its narrative goals, charting this queen bee's descent into darkness with stylistic verve while never quite pushing her past the point of no return. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to stream (and skip) on Netflix and Amazon Prime this weekend," 17 Apr. 2020 Conductor James Gaffigan leads the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus, the latter prepared by Michael Black, with verve. Howard Reich,, "Lyric Opera review: A ‘Don Giovanni’ for the #MeToo era — who is far more monster than charmer," 15 Nov. 2019 Didion, who long ago contributed to National Review and in 1964 voted for Barry Goldwater, here exemplified an analytical acuity, stylistic verve and unenthralled mentality that conservatism, like other persuasions, rarely attains. George F. Will, New York Times, "The Mind of Conservatism," 1 Apr. 2020 The large, dramatic scene demanded ambition, creative verve and technical precision. The Economist, "The first “Last Supper” painted by a woman goes on public display," 23 Oct. 2019 Played with defiant verve by Felicity Jones, Jyn Erso has a back story—told in a fantastic opening sequence—that puts her at odds with the Empire. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, "How to watch Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," 12 Nov. 2019 There was much that positive about the performance, the familiar verve in attacking areas, but also a strange raggedness, an absence of the control that characterized Liverpool at its best last season. Jonathan Wilson,, "Klopp Commends Liverpool's Spirit vs. Chelsea as Reds Maintain Perfect Record," 22 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of verve was in 1697

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10 May 2020

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“Verve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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: great energy and enthusiasm

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