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My return over the river was accomplished with such verve that I paddled the canoe almost her full length up on the beach on the other side.
Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
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  • My return over the river was accomplished with such verve that I paddled the canoe almost her full length up on the beach on the other side.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • "Definitely," she tells me, her voice buoyant again, the verve of fourteen.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • And though no direct word came, Raymond, after being on the defensive for so long, and after all the talking he had had to do about the madonna cult, began to be more argumentative with visitors and to hint, with something of his old verve, that the President had something up his sleeve that would give a new direction to the country.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Effie, shining in a wig of metallic gold, lacks her usual verve.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire

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  • I finish with equal verve.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Teddy was just six months old at that point, but it was already clear that he had more personality, more verve, than I ever would.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • My siblings and I would muffle our laughter as Mommy dug into hymns with verve and gusto: "Leaning… oh, leannning… safe and secure on the-" Up, up, and away she went, her shrill voice climbing higher and higher, reminding us of Curly of the Three Stooges.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • In this, the atmosphere, no matter how coarse, has a verve and an essential joviality that casts out morbidity.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • Ned identified the fish, Conseil classified them, and as for me, I was in ecstasy over the verve of their movements and the beauty of their forms.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • The women danced with so much verve, so much music.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running

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  • He turns and offers greetings as they enter, but Cedric launches right in-the whole diatribe, offered with added verve from his rehearsal with his mom.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Homais had composed it with verve the very next morning.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Chicago he approved for a certain verve that transcended its loud accent—however, it was a Yale town, and as the Yale Glee Club was expected in a week the Triangle received only divided homage.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • "Settembrini," the Italian corrected him with particular verve, accompanied by a facetious bow.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Aunt Bertha’s customary verve and impudence had vanished, and with it her boisterous manner that was part of her even when she spoke quietly.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • Never slow down, never look back, live each day with adolescent verve and spunk and curiosity and playfulness.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • The menus said "Café Verve, Walnut Creek, CA."
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • I would not convict a dog of killing a sheep upon the testimony of two such witnesses," Adams wrote with characteristic verve, indicating that he did not believe Callender’s accusations about Jefferson.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • He was the undisciplined, recalcitrant, nonconformist, politically incorrect free spirit I had always wanted to be, had I been brave enough, and I took vicarious joy in his unbridled verve.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • Everything tends to show that his convelescence will be brief; and who knows even if at our next village festivity we shall not see our good Hippolyte figuring in the bacchic dance in the midst of a chorus of joyous boon-companions, and thus proving to all eyes by his verve and his capers his complete cure?
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
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Associated words [difficulty]:   verve [7]
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