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[vi-vas-i-tee, vahy-] /vɪˈvæs ɪ ti, vaɪ-/
noun, plural vivacities for 1.
the quality or state of being vivacious.
liveliness; animation; sprightliness:
a people noted for their vivacity.
a vivacious act or statement.
Origin of vivacity
late Middle English
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 Unabridged
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  • His extraordinary presence, vivacity and character will be sorely missed.
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  • She was known for her charm, wit, vivacity and ageless beauty.
  • Her vivacity and good sense of humor will remain with all who knew her.
  • Rudd's keen intellect, irreverent sense of humor, and vivacity were present in all facets of his life.
  • His fluid silk dresses are known for their vivacity and saucy chic.
  • The choreography was tame and the dancing careful, often lacking vivacity.
  • Too many were flat, lacked vivacity and seemed muted aromatically.
  • What is clear in every detail of these objects is a believed-in vivacity.
  • Still, the vivacity and charm of the work and of its performance here easily carry the day.
British Dictionary definitions for vivacity


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

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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