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Examples of vivacious in a Sentence
- Historically, in nations where city economies are dying and where, as well, cities are drained in service to transactions of decline, one city remains vivacious longest: the capital city. —Jane Jacobs, Cities and the Wealth of Nations, (1984) 1985
- You see, for years I have built my figure on the premise that "fat people are jolly." I have eaten my way through: pleasant, cheery, sunny, smiling, gay, spirited, chipper, vivacious, sparkling, happy, and sportive and was well on my way to becoming hysterical. —Erma Bombeck, The Best of Bombeck, (1965) 1967
- She could follow every word that the ramblers uttered. They were talking no secrets. They were merely indulging in the ordinary vivacious chat of relatives who have long been parted in person though not in soul. —Thomas Hardy, The Return of the Native, 1878
an outgoing, vivacious girl who became a successful sales rep
the poem is a vivacious expression of his love for her
Recent Examples of vivacious from the Web
And sometimes directives for liveliness became pushed rather than vivacious.
For 60 years, Anderson’s role in American toy history has been mostly unknown but a new film documentary is giving the vivacious 94-year-old Carlsbad widow her long-overdue moment in the California sun.
The film explores the powerful experience of gay rights pioneer — and vivacious personality — Edie Windsor and her fight to be recognized legally as the wife of her decades-long partner, Thea Spyer.
Leo's vivacious energy will infuse all bonds with an exciting passion.
She was remembered by family members Firday as a vivacious and outgoing woman.
Neighbors described Krajnyak, 48, as a vivacious world traveler.
An own goal from Lopo and a red card for Juan Valera only assisted an already vivacious Atleti side.
Patricia was an extremely vivacious and warm woman who touched many lives both personally and professionally.
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Did You Know?
It's no surprise that vivacious means "full of life," since it can be traced back to the Latin verb vivere, meaning "to live." The word was created around the mid-17th century using the Latin adjective vivax, meaning "long-lived, vigorous, high-spirited." Other descendants of "vivere" in English include "survive," "revive," and "victual" - all of which came to life during the 15th century - and "vivid" and "convivial," both of which surfaced around the same time as "vivacious." Somewhat surprisingly, the word live is not related; it comes to us from the Old English word libban.
active, airy, animate, animated, bouncing, brisk, energetic, frisky, gay, jaunty, jazzy, kinetic, lively, mettlesome, peppy, perky, pert, racy, snappy, spanking, sparky, spirited, sprightly, springy, vital, zippy;
on the go;
Synonym Discussion of vivacious
- a lively debate on the issues
- an animated discussion of current events
- a vivacious party host
- a tuneful, sprightly musical
- the gay spirit of Paris in the 1920s
VIVACIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vivacious for English Language Learners
: happy and lively in a way that is attractive
VIVACIOUS Defined for Kids
Word Root of vivacious
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