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Origin of verve
Examples from the Web for verve
A new history tells their remarkable story with sensitivity and verve writes Wendy Smith.
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|DAILY BEAST
And a candidate with some verve— Michele Bachmann comes to mind—is catnip for the cameras.
Where the Austin building is nuanced and almost spectral, Bakersfield is all verve and gesture.Obama's Building Boom: Will His Architecture Legacy Be as Lasting as FDR's?|Ian Volner|January 4, 2011|DAILY BEAST
What is more, she writes with verve, tongue-in-cheek humor, and elegance.
The toast was drunk with indescribable enthusiasm and verve.The Socialist|Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
It pictured native life with verve, skill, keenness of insight, and fine pictorial view.A Text-Book of the History of Painting|John C. Van Dyke
His voluminous correspondence, mostly in MS., is remarkable for its verve and picturesque quality.
He drew what he deserved—a sullen, scared old tomcat with none of the verve of Captain Wow.The Game of Rat and Dragon|Cordwainer Smith
Verve, verv, n. the enthusiasm which animates a poet or artist: animation: energy.
Word Origin for verve
1690s, "special talent in writing," from French verve "enthusiasm" (especially pertaining to the arts), in Old French "caprice, odd humor, proverb" (12c.), probably from Gallo-Romance *verva, from Latin verba "(whimsical) words," plural of verbum "word" (see verb). Meaning "mental vigor" is first recorded 1803.