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See also: Verve
- Rapture, enthusiasm, spirit, vigour, especially of imagination such as that which animates a poet, artist, or musician, in composing or performing.
- 1920 April, F[rancis] Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise, New York, N.Y.: Charles Scribner’s Sons, OCLC 249911691, book I (The Romantic Egotist), page 63:
- They played through vacation to the fashionable of eight cities. […] Chicago he approved for a certain verve that transcended its loud accent—however, it was a Yale town, and as the Yale Glee Club was expected in a week the Triangle received only divided homage.
- 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, chapter XII, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, OCLC 1227855:
- Normally, this [girl] presents to the world the appearance of one who is feeling that if it isn't the best of all possible worlds, it's quite good enough to be going on with till a better one comes along. Verve, I mean, and animation and all that sort of thing. But now there was a listlessness about her […]
- 2012 April 9, Mandeep Sanghera, “Tottenham 1 - 2 Norwich”, in BBC Sport:
- After spending so much of the season looking upwards, the swashbuckling style and swagger of early season Spurs was replaced by uncertainty and frustration against a Norwich side who had the quality and verve to take advantage.
excitement of imagination
- verve in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- verve in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
verve f (plural verves)
- “verve” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
verve f (invariable)
- verva (a-infintive)
- (transitive) to enlist
- (reflexive) to enlist, to join a cause or organization, especially military service
- “verve” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.