\ ˈvərv How to pronounce verve (audio) \

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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But these flubs are soon forgotten amid the narrative verve. Stephen Phillips | For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "‘Deep River’ runs through Finnish American experience in the Pacific Northwest," 30 June 2019 Her body of work (including her epic 1931 autobiography, Living My Life) spans decades, and thanks to her gifted writing ability and overall verve holds up far better than many other seminal anarchists’ texts. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Emma Goldman, One of History’s Best-Known Anarchists, Was Born 150 Years Ago," 27 June 2019 Playing 38 songs, with no intermission and with consistent verve and emotional commitment, is something virtually no other currently active veteran rock star not named Bruce Springsteen would attempt. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Paul McCartney transcends and defines time at marathon Petco Park concert," 23 June 2019 With France still lacking their apparent swagger and verve but needing goals, Thierry Henry went in late on a challenge on midfielder Marcelo Romero - studs up - and was dismissed by referee Felipe Ramos to the fury of the Gunners' striker., "World Cup Countdown: 4 Weeks to Go -Lemerre's France Show Their Age as Les Bleus Flop in 2002," 28 May 2018 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of verve

: great energy and enthusiasm

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