Vivacious Vi*va"cious (?; 277), a. [L. v['i]vax, -acis, fr. vivere to live. See {Vivid}.] 1. Having vigorous powers of life; tenacious of life; long-lived. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Hitherto the English bishops have been vivacious almost to wonder. . . . But five died for the first twenty years of her [Queen Elizabeth's] reign. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

The faith of Christianity is far more vivacious than any mere ravishment of the imagination can ever be. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

2. Sprightly in temper or conduct; lively; merry; as, a vivacious poet. ``Vivacious nonsense.'' --V. Knox. [1913 Webster]

3. (Bot.) Living through the winter, or from year to year; perennial. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Syn: Sprightly; active; animated; sportive; gay; merry; jocund; light-hearted. [1913 Webster] -- {Vi*va"cious*ly}, adv. -- {Vi*va"cious*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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