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[viv-uh-fahy] /ˈvɪv əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), vivified, vivifying.
to give life to; animate; quicken.
to enliven; brighten; sharpen.
Origin of vivify
late Middle English
1535-45; alteration (with -fy for -ficate) of late Middle English vivificate < Latin vīvificātus (past participle of vīvificāre). See vivi-, -ficate
Related forms
vivification, noun
vivifier, noun
unvivified, adjective Unabridged
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  • The animation, the inspiration, that had vivified his face since the building had been begun had died.

    Waysiders Seumas O'Kelly
  • Every trait is refined, purified, vivified, raised to another plane of character.

    Holbein Beatrice Fortescue
  • Even where the Veterans never went, their influence penetrated and vivified and fructified.

  • He vivified, by potentialities at least, the whole question of youth and passion.

  • As an urgent civic need, our schools should be vivified more by the spirit of the founders and builders of the Republic.

    The Corner House Girls Grace Brooks Hill
  • There is no durable system that is not, at least in some of its parts, vivified by intuition.

    Creative Evolution Henri Bergson
  • She vivified their every sense of beauty, moral and physical.

    Saxe Holm's Stories Helen Hunt Jackson
  • He looked at her pretty face and it vivified his mental resources.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • The essence of the Clan is that it is to be vivified and penetrated throughout with personality, and with respect for personality.

    The Ghost in the White House Gerald Stanley Lee
  • He wanted to see again that woman who had so vivified his memory of Joan.

    The Branding Iron Katharine Newlin Burt
British Dictionary definitions for vivified


verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to bring to life; animate
to make more vivid or striking
Derived Forms
vivification (ˌvɪvɪfɪ'keɪʃən) noun
vivifier, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin vīvificāre, from Latin vīvus alive + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for vivified



1590s, from Old French vivifier (12c.), from Late Latin vivificare "make alive, restore to life," from vivificus "enlivening," from Latin vivus "alive" (see vivid) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Vivificate in same sense is recorded from early 15c.

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