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[vi-vah-chey; Italian vee-vah-che] /vɪˈvɑ tʃeɪ; Italian viˈvɑ tʃɛ/
adverb, adjective
(a musical direction) vivacious; lively.
Origin of vivace
1675-85; < Italian < Latin vīvāc-, stem of vīvāx, long-lived, lively; see vivacity Unabridged
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adjective, adverb
(music) to be performed in a brisk lively manner
Word Origin
C17: from Italian, from Latin vīvax long-lived, vigorous, from vīvere to live
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Word Origin and History for vivace

1680s, from Italian vivace "brisk, lively," from Latin vivac-, stem of vivax "lively vigorous" (see vivacity).

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