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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR VITALNESS

But for it Id not have the wit to perceive the one human being in the world I may know with vitalness: my own Self.

This houri of Sa'adi would not pause to note the difference in writing; the vitalness of the subject would enchain her thoughts.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "of or manifesting life," from Latin vitalis "of or belonging to life," from vita "life," related to vivere "to live," from PIE root *gwei- (cf. Old Persian *jivaka- "alive;" Greek bios "life," zoon "animal;" Lithuanian gyvata "(eternal) life;" Old English cwic, cwicu "living, alive;" Old Irish bethu "life;" cf. also bio-). The sense of "necessary or important" is from 1610s, via the notion of "essential to life" (late 15c.). Vital capacity recorded from 1852.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR VITALNESS

matter of life and death

nounurgent matter
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