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tr.v. viv·i·fied, viv·i·fy·ing, viv·i·fies
1. To give or bring life to; animate: vivify a puppet; vivifying the brown grasslands.
2. To make more lively, intense, or striking; enliven: A smile may vivify a face.

[Middle English vivifien, from Old French vivifier, from Late Latin vīvificāre : Latin vīvus, alive; see gwei- in Indo-European roots + Latin -ficāre, -fy.]

viv′i·fi·ca′tion (-fĭ-kā′shən) n.
viv′i·fi′er n.
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a. vivificador, vivificante.
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The air had not been renewed for forty-eight hours, and its vivifying qualities were considerably enfeebled.
We had plenty of oxygen; all this water contained a considerable quantity, and by dissolving it with our powerful piles, it would restore the vivifying fluid.
If I say, that in any creature breathing is only a function indispensable to vitality, inasmuch as it withdraws from the air a certain element, which being subsequently brought into contact with the blood imparts to the blood its vivifying principle, I do not think I shall err; though I may possibly use some superfluous scientific words.
Every breath of Porthos, thus vivifying the match, sent towards this heap of bodies a phosphorescent aura, mingled with streaks of purple.
But, happily for us, my brethren, the fountain of divine love flows from a source too pure to admit of pollution in its course; it extends, to those who drink of its vivifying waters, the peace of the righteous, and life everlasting; it endures through all time, and it pervades creation.
On the other hand, his usual method, the remarkable imaginative re-creation and vivifying of a host of minute details, makes of the fictitious 'Journal of the Plague Year' (1666) a piece of virtual history.
And the tradesmen who stared after me from their lonely shops--the trees that drooped helpless in their arid exile of unfinished crescents and squares--the dead house- carcasses that waited in vain for the vivifying human element to animate them with the breath of life--every creature that I saw, every object that I passed, seemed to answer with one accord: The deserts of Arabia are innocent of our civilised desolation--the ruins of Palestine are incapable of our modern gloom!
The marvelous life and history of the Church is a constant proof of the vivifying action of the Holy Spirit.
Like a touch of balm on a fevered brow, the month of Ramadan with its spiritually uplifting and vivifying lessons returns to give us pause and reflect on our life path and purpose.
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To many, Lewis personified 'physical' and 'slapstick' comedy, his signature 'goon face' and expression of cretinous befuddlement vivifying a long-gone era when over-the-top comedy was king.