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or (especially British) vigour

[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.
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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  • There must be an outlet for all this vigor—business, or matrimony, or war.

    On the Stairs Henry B. Fuller
  • And must not the vigor, from what we have seen, have been intensified in Plautus?

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus Wilton Wallace Blancke
  • The siege of St. John's was now pushed on by Montgomery with vigor.

    True to the Old Flag G. A. Henty
  • There was apparent sinewy strength and vigor in the small form.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Not only was there gold in that land; there was also a fountain whose waters restored youth and vigor to the drinker.

Word Origin and History for vigor

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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