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

Definition of vivacity

: the quality or state of being vivacious

Examples of vivacity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s nothing mournful or lugubrious here, but exuberance, vivacity, a piercing clarity of vision that characterizes all of Morris’ work. Rachel Donadio, Travel + Leisure, "The Extraordinary Life of Jan Morris, Travel Writer and Pioneering Trans Person," 8 Dec. 2020 Along with this darkness, the director James Erskine captures Holiday’s vivacity and spunk. New York Times, "5 Things to Do This Weekend," 3 Dec. 2020 His base acted, rather, as the foil for his miraculous, manic display of vivacity in the last days of the campaign. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, "Democracy’s Afterlife," 10 Nov. 2020 Some jewels require a wearer to lend them vivacity and substance. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "A New David Webb Exhibition Celebrates the Jeweler’s Animal Instinct," 13 Mar. 2020 But all that vivacity didn’t arise just from high spirits. David Kirby, Washington Post, "‘The Letters of Cole Porter’ amount to the last word on a madcap existence," 4 Dec. 2019 Its earthy sweetness was animated by carbonation, a buoyant vivacity that matched the room’s lively vibe. Washington Post, "Fresh, local and unpretentious: A Swedish city with a stirring culinary scene," 31 Jan. 2020 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

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First Known Use of vivacity

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Vivacity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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