aliveness

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Etymology[edit]

alive +‎ -ness

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Noun[edit]

aliveness ‎(usually uncountable, plural alivenesses)

  1. The state of being alive; exuberance, intensity.
    • 1917, Winston Churchill, The Dwelling-Place of Light:
      ... she's such a perplexing mixture of old New England and modernity, of a fatalism, and an aliveness that fairly vibrates.
    • 1920, Jack London, Hearts of Three, New York: Macmillan, Chapter 18, p. 231, [1]
      [] her eyes betrayed a complicated totality of paradoxical alivenesses.
    • 1944, Emily Carr, The House of All Sorts, "Beacon Hill," [2]
      Sea-water wet their feet, wind tossed their hair, excitement quivered in every fibre of their aliveness.
    the aliveness of the colours in a painting

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