Eventually, this short, louche novel that began with warmth and zest and cheekiness, wanders around aimlessly in magenta caftans.
At 45 he had lost his luster, his zest for work, life, and family.
It was poignant because with her brightness and her zest for life, she is also dealing with something very dark.
1670s, from French zeste "piece of orange or lemon peel used as a flavoring," of unknown origin. Sense of "thing that adds flavor" is 1709; that of "keen enjoyment" first attested 1791.