- exuberant physical strength or mental vigor: a person of great vitality.
- capacity for survival or for the continuation of a meaningful or purposeful existence: the vitality of an institution.
- power to live or grow: the vitality of a language.
- vital force or principle.
Origin of vitality
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Examples from the Web for vitality
Yet their work lives on, and hardly seems to have lost any of its vitality during the intervening years.The Golden Age of Rock Album Covers
December 5, 2014
Jung says that we lose our vitality in playing the role if we identify with it.
If you play a life role as though it were a mythological game, there is vitality and wonder in it.
There is no excitement, no vitality, no forward-moving thrust to the narrative.Wait for the Movie Version of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “The Bully Pulpit”
November 12, 2013
But all of these musical movements had the same message: vitality.The Doors Never Sold Out to Crass Commercialism
September 27, 2013
After all, the conquest of fear is largely a question of vitality.The Conquest of Fear
He was well groomed, of course; healthy, all a-tingle with vitality.Within the Law
But the Serbians, most of them middle-aged and old men, had spent their vitality.
Slowly but surely this practice is sapping the vitality of the race.The Heads of Apex
They are without respiration or motion, but still not destitute of vitality.The Phantom World
- physical or mental vigour, energy, etc
- the power or ability to continue in existence, live, or growthe vitality of a movement
- a less common name for vital force
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Word Origin and History for vitality
1590s, from Latin vitalitas, from vitalis "pertaining to life" (see vital).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The capacity to live, grow, or develop.
- Physical or intellectual vigor; energy.
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