verve

noun
\ˈvərv \

Definition of verve 

1a : the spirit and enthusiasm animating artistic composition or performance : vivacity

b : energy, vitality

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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While Uganda lacks in talent relative to other African teams, its players quickly adopted their new coach’s verve and and professionalism. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "George Galanopoulos's Unlikely Journey From Basketball Dreamer to Uganda Head Coach," 13 June 2018 At Marvel, Lee brought jazzy verve with his dialogue, Kirby a promethean cosmic imagination, and Ditko an idiosyncratic visual elan. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Steve Ditko, the co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, is dead.," 7 July 2018 That 2015 thriller, written by Taylor Sheridan and directed with hypnotic verve by Denis Villeneuve, was a scary, serpentine plunge into the darkness and amorality of the Mexican drug trade. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Violent, self-admiring sequel 'Sicario: Day of the Soldado' gets lost in the desert," 26 June 2018 But the statement resonated loud and clear: Someone has finally figured out how to cram all that creative verve into a single, functioning lineup. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Belgium Is Looking Like the Most Potent Side at the World Cup," 23 June 2018 Payton has some of the same basic qualities to his game, if without the same verve. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "NBA Free Agency 2018: Under-the-Radar Grades," 4 July 2018 Her playful fine jewelry (inlaid with turquoise and pearl) fuses her northern background with her adopted home’s cosmopolitan verve. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "The Latina Cool Girl’s Guide to Mexico City," 4 June 2018 Even so, Phyllida Lloyd’s production is a rollicking rollercoaster ride, delivered with stylistic verve and fireball energy by a high-caliber cast and crew. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Tina': Theater Review," 17 Apr. 2018 The film was directed, with fantastic verve, by first-time feature filmmaker Carlos Lopez Estrada, whose videos with Diggs and Casal prepared him well for this project. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "Buzzworthy 'Blindspotting' completes the great Oakland film trifecta of 2018," 12 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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verve

noun

English Language Learners Definition of verve

: great energy and enthusiasm

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