Definitions for: Liveliness

[n] general activity and motion
[n] animation and energy in action or expression; "it was a heavy play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it"

Webster (1913) Definition: Live"li*ness, n. [From Lively.]
1. The quality or state of being lively or animated;
sprightliness; vivacity; animation; spirit; as, the
liveliness of youth, contrasted with the gravity of age.
--B. Jonson.

2. An appearance of life, animation, or spirit; as, the
liveliness of the eye or the countenance in a portrait.

3. Briskness; activity; effervescence, as of liquors.

Syn: Sprightliness; gayety; animation; vivacity; smartness;
briskness; activity. -- Liveliness, Gayety,
Animation, Vivacity. Liveliness is an habitual
feeling of life and interest; gayety refers more to a
temporary excitement of the animal spirits; animation
implies a warmth of emotion and a corresponding
vividness of expressing it, awakened by the presence of
something which strongly affects the mind; vivacity is a
feeling between liveliness and animation, having the
permanency of the one, and, to some extent, the warmth
of the other. Liveliness of imagination; gayety of
heart; animation of countenance; vivacity of gesture or

Synonyms: animation, life, spirit, sprightliness

See Also: activity, airiness, alacrity, animation, breeziness, brio, briskness, buoyancy, delicacy, ebullience, elan, energy, enthusiasm, esprit, exuberance, ginger, high-spiritedness, invigoration, irrepressibility, jauntiness, pep, peppiness, spiritedness, vigor, vigour, vim, vivification

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