enthusiasm or vigor, as in literary or artistic work; spirit: Her latest novel lacks verve.
vivaciousness; liveliness; animation: I like a teacher with plenty of verve.
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How to use verve in a sentence
Read more reviews by Stephanie ZacharekThe first third of Malcolm & Marie has some wit and verve, and style to spare.Zendaya Dazzles in the Otherwise Dull Malcolm & Marie | Stephanie Zacharek | February 5, 2021 | Time
If you can ignore the author’s motive for creating such a sensitive and endearing cad, you’ll find here a novel that explores the demands of acting and the delusions of manhood with tremendous verve and insight.Ethan Hawke turns his acting experience — and past infidelities — into brilliant fiction | Ron Charles | February 2, 2021 | Washington Post
Certainly Stevenson’s novels and stories exhibit extraordinary verve, whether depicting many-sided characters, richly atmospheric settings or political history.Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Kidnapped’ is not just an adventure tale, it’s a timely novel about politics and dissent | Michael Dirda | January 20, 2021 | Washington Post
It’s another example of Franciacorta that packs verve and excitement near champagne levels at a more affordable price.This $11 Bordeaux begs for pizza or burgers and will put a smile on your face | Dave McIntyre | December 18, 2020 | Washington Post
He is a turnaround artist with astonishing verve and little apparent fear.
But Byrne himself is the parodist, and he commands the stage by his hollow-eyed, frosty verve.The Stacks: Pauline Kael's Talking Heads Obsession | Pauline Kael | November 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A new history tells their remarkable story with sensitivity and verve writes Wendy Smith.
Students, meanwhile, approached the book with greater verve than ever.How Toni Morrison’s ‘Beloved’ Is Taught in Schools | Anna Clark | October 4, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
And so the question now is not only whether Ryan can reenergize the Romney campaign with his vision and verve.Will Paul Ryan Help Romney With Blue-Collar Whites? | Andrew Romano | August 27, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
“He should just write a check and shut up,” Christie responded, with his typical verve.
The pieces themselves were almost worthless; Byron would seem to have lost his verve during the removal.The English Stage | Augustin Filon
She played Cupid here with so much verve, point, impudence and sprightliness, that other Cupids were created for her.The English Stage | Augustin Filon
A sparkling society tale, full of verve and pathos, would have been another thing, and the editor might have been convinced by it.The Longest Journey | E. M. Forster
A long drink of red wine seemed to put him in the best of trim, and he began to fiddle with a verve that was irresistible.Myths And Legends Of Our Own Land, Complete | Charles M. Skinner
She has all the dreamy, languid grace of the South combined with the verve and force of the North.Lippincott's Magazine, August, 1885 | Various
British Dictionary definitions for verve
great vitality, enthusiasm, and liveliness; sparkle
a rare word for talent
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