Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or condition of being vivacious; liveliness: "the light and vivacity that laugh in the eyes of a child” ( Charles Dickens).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being vivacious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being vivacious.
  • n. Tenacity of life; vital force; natural vigor.
  • n. Life; animation; spiritedness; liveliness; sprightliness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Vital force; vigor.
  • n. Tenacity of life; hence, length of life; longevity.
  • n. Liveliness of manner or character; sprightliness of temper or behavior; animation; life; briskness; cheerfulness; spirit.
  • n. That which is vivacious; a vivacious act or saying.
  • n. Synonyms Life, Liveliness, etc. See animation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. characterized by high spirits and animation

Etymologies

From Latin vīvācitās. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • His mother, always a practical woman, did not press the question of marriage, deeming that with his disposition he would stand a better chance of married peace when he had expended a good deal of what she called his vivacity; and his father, who came of very long-lived people, always said that no man should take a wife before he was thirty.

    Adam Johnstone's Son

  • His politeness, his learning, his knowledge of the world, however amiable, are in character at his season of life; but his vivacity is astonishing.

    The History of Emily Montague

  • It rivals in vivacity the representations by Jacob Hoefnagel (circa 1610; National Library of Austria) and the head study, possibly from life, by Cornelis Saftleven (1638; Boymans Museum, Rotterdam; E. Fuller, Dodo: From Extinction to Icon, London, 2002, pp. 80-81, 111).

    Dutch School Dronte

  • But Iranian culture and vivacity is kept going most of all by the country’s writers and filmmakers (who are sometimes, like the director-poet Abbas Kiarostami, the same people).

    The Persian Version

  • Under the general keying-up of the altitude, manners take on a heartiness, a vivacity, that is one expression of the half-unconscious excitement which Colorado people miss when they drop into lower strata of air.

    The song of the lark

  • But good judges have assured me that there was much that was factitious in the manner of this eminent comedian, and that his vivacity was a trifle mechanical.

    The Théâtre Francais

  • Under the general keyingup of the altitude, manners take on a heartiness, a vivacity, that is one expression of the half-unconscious excitement which Colorado people miss when they drop into lower strata of air.

    The Song of the Lark

  • He admired her appearance, her elegance, and the charm of her way of living, which he called "doing herself jolly well"; even her unsmiling face and characteristic lack of what is generally called vivacity won his approval.

    In the Wilderness

  • Every cross-thread of wool is deeper in tone than the cotton thread it crosses, and this gives the quality which artists call vivacity or vibration.

    How to make rugs

  • The girl I have got has more vivacity, which is better for the child.

    Posthumous Works of the Author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

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