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verve

 (vûrv)
n.
1. Energy and enthusiasm in the expression of ideas, especially in artistic performance or composition: The revival lacked the verve of the original musical.
2. Vitality; liveliness. See Synonyms at vigor.
3. Archaic Literary aptitude or talent.

[French, from Old French, fanciful expression, probably from Vulgar Latin *verva, from Latin verba, pl. of verbum, word; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

verve

(vɜːv)
n
1. great vitality, enthusiasm, and liveliness; sparkle
2. a rare word for talent
[C17: from Old French: garrulity, from Latin verba words, chatter]

verve

(vɜrv)

n.
1. vivaciousness or liveliness; animation.
2. enthusiasm or vigor, as in literary or artistic work; spirit.
3. Archaic. talent.
[1690–1700; < French: enthusiasm, whim, chatter, appar. < Latin verba words, talk, pl. (taken in Vulgar Latin as feminine singular) of verbum word; see verb]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.verve - an energetic styleverve - an energetic style      
vim, muscularity, vigor, vigour, energy - an imaginative lively style (especially style of writing); "his writing conveys great energy"; "a remarkable muscularity of style"
sparkle, twinkle, spark, light - merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance; "he had a sparkle in his eye"; "there's a perpetual twinkle in his eyes"

verve

verve

noun
1. A lively, emphatic, eager quality or manner:
Informal: ginger, pep, peppiness.
Slang: oomph.
2. A quality of active mental and physical forcefulness:
Informal: snap.
Translations

verve

[vɜːv] N (= drive) → energía f, empuje m; (= vitality) → brío m; (= enthusiasm) → entusiasmo m

verve

[ˈvɜːrv] nverve m

verve

nSchwung m; (of person, team also)Elan m; (of play, performance also)Ausdruckskraft f, → Verve f (geh)

verve

[vɜːv] n (of person) → verve f, brio; (of painting, writing) → vivacità
References in classic literature ?
It recrudesced the laughter and the song, and put a lilt into my own imagination so that I could laugh and sing and say foolish things with the liveliest of them, or platitudes with verve and intensity to the satisfaction of the pompous mediocre ones who knew no other way to talk.
He hired out quite the dirtiest and unsafest bicycles in the whole south of England, and conducted the subsequent discussions with astonishing verve.
Bryan Mack of Verve Restaurant, decided to make a last minute entry.