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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Buzan is particularly good at teasing out Linda’s vivacity and frustration, jaunting around in costume designer Ivania Stack’s gorgeous flapper dresses and speaking with snark and tamped-down despair. Celia Wren, Washington Post, 17 Oct. 2022 The piece is so brilliant, so joyous, so full of energy, tunes, life and vivacity. Chris Kornelis, New York Times, 23 Jan. 2023 But here, his craft has been hemmed in, gamified, leeched of color and vivacity. Angelica Jade Bastién, Vulture, 4 May 2022 With its versatility and vivacity, the shoe is a bargain. Outside Online, 23 Nov. 2022 As expected, the songs were imbued with percussive vivacity, brought to life by sounds of childhood whimsy such as the toy-like whirring of a ratchet or the staccato thwack of a wood block. Katie Reul, Variety, 8 Nov. 2022 Maggie, her onscreen approximation, had to keep Alderton's vivacity and humor while also having room to grow. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 25 Aug. 2022 Few writers can inhabit multiple characters with equal intensity and vivacity, and most who can are, of course, playwrights or screenwriters. Claire Messud, Harper’s Magazine , 20 July 2022 Springbok and impala leapt stiff-legged, displaying their strength and vivacity for any predators that might be watching. Mark Eveleigh, CNN, 28 Feb. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

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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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