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adv. & adj. Music
In a lively or vivacious manner. Used chiefly as a direction.
[Italian, from Latin vīvāx, vīvāc-, vivacious; see vivacious.]
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(Classical Music) music to be performed in a brisk lively manner
[C17: from Italian, from Latin vīvax long-lived, vigorous, from vīvere to live]
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vi•va•ce(vɪˈvɑ tʃeɪ, vi-)
in a vivacious or lively manner (used as a musical direction).
[1675–85; < Italian]
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