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vivacity

[vi-vas-i-tee, vahy-] /vɪˈvæs ɪ ti, vaɪ-/
noun, plural vivacities for 1.
1.
the quality or state of being vivacious.
2.
liveliness; animation; sprightliness:
a people noted for their vivacity.
3.
a vivacious act or statement.
Origin of vivacity
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin vīvācitās, equivalent to vīvāc- (stem of vīvāx long-lived, lively, equivalent to vīv(us) alive (see vital) + -āx adj. suffix) + -i- -i- + -tās -ty2
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vivacity

/vɪˈvæsɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the quality or condition of being vivacious
2.
(often pl) (rare) a vivacious act or expression
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Word Origin and History for vivacity
n.

early 15c., from Latin vivacitatem (nominative vivacitas) "vital force, liveliness," from vivax (genitive vivacis) "lively," also "long-lived," from vivere "to live" (see vital).

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