V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. energy and enthusiasm, especially used within the arts; 2. a lively spirit

Synonyms: liveliness, energy, vitality, enthusiasm, animation, excitement, pep, spirit, zest

Antonyms: apathy, lethargy, listlessness

Tips: Verve is derived from the French verve, which means "enthusiasm." Verve is especially used when referring to an artistic endeavor or performance, but can also be used more generally to refer to someone's spirit or energy.

Usage Examples:

The audience was captivated by the verve and vitality of the performers. (liveliness, energy, enthusiasm)

Many people say the ballet dancer's verve is reminiscent of a young Baryshnikov. (energy, spirit, liveliness)

If our team can show the same verve as it did last week, I'm sure we will win again. (energy, enthusiasm, spirit)

The best man delivered his toast with verve. (enthusiasm, animation, pep)

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