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verve

[vurv] /vɜrv/
noun
1.
enthusiasm or vigor, as in literary or artistic work; spirit:
Her latest novel lacks verve.
2.
vivaciousness; liveliness; animation:
I like a teacher with plenty of verve.
3.
Archaic. talent.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; < French: enthusiasm, whim, chatter, apparently < Latin verba words, talk, plural (taken in VL as feminine singular) of verbum word; see verb
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British Dictionary definitions for verves

verve

/vɜːv/
noun
1.
great vitality, enthusiasm, and liveliness; sparkle
2.
a rare word for talent
Word Origin
C17: from Old French: garrulity, from Latin verba words, chatter
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Word Origin and History for verves
verve
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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