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.
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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