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Definition of verve

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

Examples of verve in a Sentence

She played with skill and verve.
Recent Examples on the Web An electrifying guitarist and a soulful singer, he and his band salute and extend the blues with sufficient verve to appeal to veteran fans of the music and neophyte listeners alike. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 May 2022 There was no press conference or visionary speech by Bezos—he was seemingly done forever with his half-hearted impression of the late Steve Jobs, who had unveiled new products with such verve. Brad Stone, Wired, 11 May 2021 This year, brands have focused on innovation and individuality, offering creations that can accurately sum up a mood or approach the familiar with a new verve. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 19 Apr. 2022 Faced with the attacking verve of Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia semi final second leg, Juve entrenched themselves in their half, keeping Vincenzo Italiano’s probing side at bay, waiting for the opportune time to strike. Emmet Gates, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 The results lacked the verve of previous Staples high-points, like his 2015 breakthrough Summertime 06. Jayson Buford, Rolling Stone, 8 Apr. 2022 The Gears & Lace line is completed by Knots & Shuttles, a sparkling tannat that combines the firm punch-you-in-the-mouth tannins of that red variety with the extra verve of carbonation. Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2022 Ryan Cohen rose to become chairman of GameStop Corp. with the verve of an old-school corporate raider. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2021 Bouder, with ease and elegance, matches the verve of the music with the exceptional Janzen, whose delight at dancing with someone seems to ignite his already airy strength and reach. New York Times, 6 May 2021 See More

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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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19 May 2022

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“Verve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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