enthusiasm or vigor, as in literary or artistic work; spirit: Her latest novel lacks verve.
vivaciousness; liveliness; animation: I like a teacher with plenty of verve.
Archaic. talent.

1690–1700; < French: enthusiasm, whim, chatter, apparently < Latin verba words, talk, plural (taken in VL as feminine singular) of verbum word; see verb Unabridged
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verve (vɜːv)
1.  great vitality, enthusiasm, and liveliness; sparkle
2.  a rare word for talent
[C17: from Old French: garrulity, from Latin verba words, chatter]

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Word Origin & History

1697, "special talent in writing," from Fr. verve "enthusiasm" (especially pertaining to the arts), in O.Fr. "caprice, odd humor, proverb" (12c.), probably from Gallo-Romance *verva, from L. verba "(whimsical) words," plural of verbum "word" (see verb). Meaning "mental vigor" is first recorded 1803.
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Example sentences
It is this comic approach that gives the author the verve to pull off the final
  dare-devil twist at the end.
Viewers and creative verve are drifting steadily from broadcast to cable
They had the verve to envisage a radically different world, but were good at
  inventing the practical things needed to get there.
Religion helped to keep the state in check and supplied some of the verve to
  keep on trying to change the world.
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