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: the spirit and enthusiasm animating artistic composition or performance : vivacity
: energy, vitality
: special ability or talent
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beans, bounce, brio, dash, drive, dynamism, energy, esprit, gas, get-up-and-go, ginger, go, gusto, hardihood, juice, life, moxie, oomph, pep, punch, sap, snap, starch, vigor, vim, vinegar, vitality, zing, zip
lethargy, listlessness, sluggishness, torpidity
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1697, in the meaning defined at sense 2
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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