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[vi-vas-i-tee, vahy-]
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noun, plural vi·vac·i·ties for 1.
  1. the quality or state of being vivacious.
  2. liveliness; animation; sprightliness: a people noted for their vivacity.
  3. a vivacious act or statement.
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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
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noun plural -ties
  1. the quality or condition of being vivacious
  2. (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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