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[vig-er] /ˈvɪg ər/
active strength or force.
healthy physical or mental energy or power; vitality.
energetic activity; energy; intensity:
The economic recovery has given the country a new vigor.
force of healthy growth in any living matter or organism, as a plant.
active or effective force, especially legal validity.
Also, especially British, vigour.
Origin of vigor
1300-50; Middle English vigo(u)r < Anglo-French; Middle French vigeur < Latin vigor force, energy, equivalent to vig(ēre) to be vigorous, thrive + -or -or1
Related forms
vigorless, adjective
2. drive, force, strength. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vigour
  • They celebrate the great achievements of the past and tackle with vigour the problems of the present.
  • The issues he identifies are being addressed with tremendous vigour now.
  • There has been a gain of accuracy, but a serious loss of vigour.
  • His genius was varied and copious, and he showed his capacity to do almost every kind of dramatic work with immense vigour.
  • The distinctive feature of the poem is the beauty and vigour with which martial scenes are depicted.
  • There is a native vigour about his denunciations, but he takes no pains to make his message attractive.
  • Lupus, after his return, set himself with fresh vigour to reform the manners of his own flock.
  • Of all the members of the club, he was the eldest, and yet the youngest from the strength and vigour of his body.
  • Though his bodily strength gradually ebbed, the vigour of his mind was undismayed.
  • Some moments of repose in his sacred wounds give fresh vigour and new lights.
British Dictionary definitions for vigour


exuberant and resilient strength of body or mind; vitality
substantial effective energy or force: the vigour of the tempest
forcefulness; intensity: the vigour of her complaints
the capacity for survival or strong healthy growth in a plant or animal: hybrid vigour
the most active period or stage of life, manhood, etc; prime
(mainly US) legal force or effectiveness; validity (esp in the phrase in vigour)
Word Origin
C14: from Old French vigeur, from Latin vigor activity, from vigēre to be lively
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Word Origin and History for vigour

chiefly British English spelling of vigor (q.v.); for spelling, see -or.



c.1300, from Anglo-French vigour, Old French vigor, from Latin vigorem (nominative vigor) "liveliness, activity, force," from vigere "be lively, flourish, thrive," from PIE *wog-/*weg- "be lively or active" (see vigil).

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