New word for March 14, 2008

vivify \VIV-uh-fy\, transitive verb:
1. To endue with life; to make alive; to animate.
2. To make more lively or intense.

Can the writer isolate and vivify all in experience that most deeply engages our intellects and our hearts?
— Annie Dillard, “Write Till You Drop”, New York Times, May 28, 1989

Stories not only provide context for statistical statements but canillustrate and vivify them as well.
— John Allen Paulos, Once Upon a Number

Vivify comes from French vivifier, from Late Latin vivificare, from Latin vivus, alive. Entry and Pronunciation for vivify


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