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Definition forceful exertion;
or: active strength of body or mind;
or: an imaginative lively style — especially a style of writing
  • She was appalled by West Egg, this unprecedented "place" that Broadway had begotten upon a Long Island fishing village — appalled by its raw vigor that chafed under the old euphemisms and by the too obtrusive fate that herded its inhabitants along a short-cut from nothing to nothing.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
vigor = energy or strength
  • "The preacher," she said with sudden vigor.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • "Demented cat," she said, rubbing with vigor.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • They fought with renewed vigor; the orange elephant was knocked over and lost a tusk.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • "This is no time for squeamishness," James Taggart spoke up with unexpected vigor, but his voice, too, was oddly low.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • We are, then, in the volcanic shaft of a crater in full action and vigor.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • The important thing is to get the country moving again, to restore vigor and energy to the people and the government.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • The latter was, as she admitted, growing old, but her black eyes were not dim nor the vigor of her tongue in the least abated.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • A carnivorous animal living on a straight meat diet, he was in full flower, at the high tide of his life, overspilling with vigor and virility.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • With almost maniacal vigor, Langdon yanked down hard with his right hand on the canopy.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • A deep, throaty purr rumbled in his chest, and he rubbed against Saphira with renewed vigor.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • A woman in a paisley apron was sweeping with demented vigor in front of her house through whose open door came the smell of fried breakfast.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Often the old woman talked with great vigor.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • Heidi looked at me with what seemed to be a renewed vigor.
    ZZ Packer  --  Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
  • He had steeled his right arm against it, and fought it with the vigor of determination.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Though he could hardly stand, there was still plenty of vigor in his voice.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • His enthusiasm for the struggle he had undertaken restored his former vigor and relieved some of the pain in his aching bones.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • He then pursued his studies with more vigor than before and decided at last to enter the ministry.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • Yossarian was stunned by their overbearing vigor and zeal, by their practical, direct efficiency.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Vigor and expedition are necessary executive qualities.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2

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