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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 On a nearby screen, Deon Jones, a young Black man who is one of Kaino’s studio staff, appears inside the cage, voicing the lyrics with gospel verve., "At Mass MoCA, Glenn Kaino builds a bridge between Bloody Sundays," 15 Apr. 2021 Montrose is a pocket of eccentricity: a flamboyantly jagged jigsaw piece that lends the greater Houston picture a vivid splash of multi-chromatic verve. Jonathan Thompson, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Montrose, Houston's Most Walkable Neighborhood," 2 Apr. 2021 Frankel puts it all together with narrative verve, telling a propulsive tale about creativity, commerce and loss. Chris Vognar, USA TODAY, "'Shooting Midnight Cowboy' a masterful film history of the X-rated Oscar winner," 16 Mar. 2021 And as if that weren’t enough, Bielsa insists that his team play with attacking verve. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The Premier League’s Most Exciting Team Is in 11th Place," 3 Mar. 2021 The scenes set in Jane’s classroom gleam with specificity and verve. Joanne Kaufman, WSJ, "‘Early Morning Riser’ Review: Small Town, Big Personalities," 23 Apr. 2021 The book business has hurried back up to its normal speed after 2020’s hitches, and the slate for 2021 — of fiction and nonfiction alike — is bursting with vibrancy and verve. Hillary Kelly, Vulture, "The Best Books of the Year (So Far)," 16 Apr. 2021 While the original remains addictive, its sparkling counterpart, Delina La Rosée, adds a new verve. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Spring’s Best Fragrances Are Big on Personality," 8 Apr. 2021 Jordan brings an enthusiastic verve to his singing and is a genial emcee throughout, overseeing the proceedings and often cheerleading and testifying from the sidelines. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "Leslie Jordan Talks Recording Gospel Album With Dolly Parton and Eddie Vedder: 'Wonderful Feelings Washed Over Us'," 2 Apr. 2021

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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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7 May 2021

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“Verve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of verve

: great energy and enthusiasm

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