[vi-vas-i-tee, vahy-]

noun, plural vi·vac·i·ties for 1.

the quality or state of being vivacious.
liveliness; animation; sprightliness: a people noted for their vivacity.
a vivacious act or statement.

Origin of vivacity

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin vīvācitās, equivalent to vīvāc- (stem of vīvāx long-lived, lively, equivalent to vīv(us) alive (see vital) + -āx adj. suffix) + -i- -i- + -tās -ty2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vivacity

Contemporary Examples of vivacity

  • To the matter of her appearance: There is no question that her seasoned beauty and vivacity are ingredients in the Palin cocktail.

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    Tunku Varadarajan

    November 23, 2010

  • There was always “that dreadful Southern vivacity” and the locals with the “conscienceless” eyes.

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    Peter Stothard

    June 5, 2009

Historical Examples of vivacity

British Dictionary definitions for vivacity


noun plural -ties

the quality or condition of being vivacious
(often plural) rare a vivacious act or expression
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Word Origin and History for vivacity

early 15c., from Latin vivacitatem (nominative vivacitas) "vital force, liveliness," from vivax (genitive vivacis) "lively," also "long-lived," from vivere "to live" (see vital).

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