vivacity

noun

vi·​vac·​i·​ty və-ˈva-sə-tē How to pronounce vivacity (audio)
 also  vī-
: the quality or state of being vivacious

Examples of vivacity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her designs, which have been shown as part of Fashion East in London and during Milan Fashion Week, hand their wearers the agency and power to define their own physical image with assertiveness and vivacity. Luke Leitch, Vogue, 2 Mar. 2024 But in a town nearly drowned in choral talent, the WDC immediately shows a special spark — a fearless mix of old and new, classical and not, expected and un-, performed with skill to match its vivacity. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 5 Dec. 2023 Political reporters took notice of her vivacity on the trail. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, 20 Nov. 2023 Her creations combine the playful vivacity of Alexander Calder and the woven robustness of Ruth Asawa and Janet Echelman with the optical intelligence of Bridget Riley and the ethereal delicacy of Lygia Pape. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2023 This planet governs Aries, the impulsive fire sign known for its high-octane vivacity. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, 4 July 2021 And in the score, Joplin pushed himself past ragtime into music that lilts, soars and swings with tenderness and vivacity, somewhat in the grand operetta style of Gilbert and Sullivan (if without the patter). Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, 27 July 2023 The collection evokes the vivacity of music and nightlife, featuring American archetypal pieces from leather biker jackets to bright graphic tees along with leopard print and the familiar electric colors of rave culture. The Editors, Los Angeles Times, 5 July 2023 Still, the Ascension Choir’s vivacity did not visibly lift the spirits of the man for whom all this pomp was painstakingly orchestrated. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 6 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of vivacity was in the 15th century

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“Vivacity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vivacity. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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vivacity

noun
vi·​vac·​i·​ty və-ˈvas-ət-ē How to pronounce vivacity (audio)
 also  vī-
: the quality or state of being vivacious

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