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vigor

[vig-er] /ˈvɪg ər/
noun
1.
active strength or force.
2.
healthy physical or mental energy or power; vitality.
3.
energetic activity; energy; intensity:
The economic recovery has given the country a new vigor.
4.
force of healthy growth in any living matter or organism, as a plant.
5.
active or effective force, especially legal validity.
Also, especially British, vigour.
Origin of vigor
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English vigo(u)r < Anglo-French; Middle French vigeur < Latin vigor force, energy, equivalent to vig(ēre) to be vigorous, thrive + -or -or1
Related forms
vigorless, adjective
Synonyms
2. drive, force, strength.
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  • “Well, you know, vigours lit out and left all standing,” said he.

    Island Nights' Entertainments Robert Louis Stevenson
  • I was hard at it both these days getting my trade in order and taking stock of what vigours had left.

    Island Nights' Entertainments Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Her eyelids drooped over her eyes again, and shut the world and all its vigours out.

    The Pastor's Wife Elizabeth von Arnim
Word Origin and History for vigours

vigor

n.

c.1300, from Anglo-French vigour, Old French vigor, from Latin vigorem (nominative vigor) "liveliness, activity, force," from vigere "be lively, flourish, thrive," from PIE *wog-/*weg- "be lively or active" (see vigil).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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vigor

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