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[viv-uh-fahy] /ˈvɪv əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), vivified, vivifying.
to give life to; animate; quicken.
to enliven; brighten; sharpen.
Origin of vivify
late Middle English
1535-45; alteration (with -fy for -ficate) of late Middle English vivificate < Latin vīvificātus (past participle of vīvificāre). See vivi-, -ficate
Related forms
vivification, noun
vivifier, noun
unvivified, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for vivified
Historical Examples
  • Every trait is refined, purified, vivified, raised to another plane of character.

    Holbein Beatrice Fortescue
  • He vivified, by potentialities at least, the whole question of youth and passion.

  • There is no durable system that is not, at least in some of its parts, vivified by intuition.

    Creative Evolution Henri Bergson
  • He looked at her pretty face and it vivified his mental resources.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • He wanted to see again that woman who had so vivified his memory of Joan.

    The Branding Iron Katharine Newlin Burt
  • Not only did she bring them her life: it was their own that she vivified with her interest.

    The Shadow of Life Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • The air was cool and vivified by the gust and shower of the afternoon.

  • They were such as these would be if they were vivified by enthusiasm.

    The Beginners of a Nation Edward Eggleston.
  • It was alive, vivified by her energy and coined into the daily action of her life.

    Manslaughter Alice Duer Miller
  • She vivified their every sense of beauty, moral and physical.

    Saxe Holm's Stories Helen Hunt Jackson
British Dictionary definitions for vivified


verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to bring to life; animate
to make more vivid or striking
Derived Forms
vivification (ˌvɪvɪfɪ'keɪʃən) noun
vivifier, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin vīvificāre, from Latin vīvus alive + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for vivified



1590s, from Old French vivifier (12c.), from Late Latin vivificare "make alive, restore to life," from vivificus "enlivening," from Latin vivus "alive" (see vivid) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Vivificate in same sense is recorded from early 15c.

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