• Vigor and spirit or enthusiasm.

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Example Sentences

“The new exhibit at the modern art museum was full of verve and genre-defying pieces.”

“The writer brought a sense of verve and playfulness to familiar topics.”

“She was nominated for an Oscar based on the verve of her performance.”

Word Origin

French, late 17th century

Why this word?

English borrowed the loanword “verve” from French, where it has an identical spelling and meaning — “energy, spirit, animation.” “Verve” is used today to designate the energy that gives life to an artistic performance, composition, or piece of writing. Any sort of creator has verve. But an old-fashioned usage of the word simply referred to a special talent or ability. Your verve could have been fixing a toilet or composing a symphony. 

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