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verve

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Definition an energetic style
  • The menus said "Café Verve, Walnut Creek, CA."
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • The women danced with so much verve, so much music.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • Never slow down, never look back, live each day with adolescent verve and spunk and curiosity and playfulness.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • Effie, shining in a wig of metallic gold, lacks her usual verve.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Homais had composed it with verve the very next morning.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • "Definitely," she tells me, her voice buoyant again, the verve of fourteen.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • 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-"
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • 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
  • "Settembrini," the Italian corrected him with particular verve, accompanied by a facetious bow.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • I finish with equal verve.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • But the objection being raised was not due to the phrase's overall lack of verve; rather it was due to the word facilitate.
    Amor Towles  --  A Gentleman in Moscow
  • 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

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