vi·​vac·​i·​ty | \ və-ˈva-sə-tē also vī- How to pronounce vivacity (audio) \

Definition of vivacity

: the quality or state of being vivacious

Examples of vivacity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Zippy, tastes-like-Bangkok dishes — Pad Gar Pow duck, Thai street ribs, Panang curry — that mirror the vivacity of owners Sam and Suchada Johnson. Washington Post, "How a 40-year-old skier tamed her terror and learned to take on black diamond runs," 1 Nov. 2019 At least the dancers moved with spirit and vivacity. New York Times, "At American Ballet Theater, New Romantics Can’t Beat a Greek God," 24 Oct. 2019 The Great Lakes Theater Company’s adaptation directed by Victoria Bussert captures all of the show’s joy and vivacity. Laura Demarco, cleveland, "‘The Music Man’ at Great Lakes Theater a joyful, sparkling success (review)," 1 Oct. 2019 The dark impersonality of these elements provides dramatic contrast for the fleshy, breathing vivacity of the subject’s carefully modeled head. Christopher Knight,, "Review: 3 Velázquez paintings alone are reason to go, now, to this San Diego show," 26 June 2019 But for now, vivacity and sensuality and even fantasy reign. Daniel Mendelsohn, The New York Review of Books, "Ingmar Bergman, Novelist," 18 Apr. 2019 In a satisfying conclusion, Mr. D’Angour pulls together his findings in a concise 15-page biography of Socrates, from his birth to the cup of hemlock, which sparkles with vivacity and does not overtax the scholarship that sets it up. Jamie James, WSJ, "‘Socrates in Love’ Review: A Vigorous, Brilliant Young Man," 17 May 2019 The vivacity from the pregame show and Vegas’s quick start dissipated to a degree as the fans sat nervously through what was now a one-goal game. Tyler Horka,, "Stanley Cup Playoffs: Fleury, Golden Knights Beat Jets in Game 3 to Take Lead in West Final," 16 May 2018 However, the new season was also a showcase for Elizabeth's little sister Princess Margaret, played with vivacity by Vanessa Kirby. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "5 nominations that could shake up the 2018 Emmy Awards," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of vivacity

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Vivacity.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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vi·​vac·​i·​ty | \ və-ˈva-sə-tē How to pronounce vivacity (audio) , vī- \

Kids Definition of vivacity

: the quality or state of being full of energy and good spirits

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