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lively

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The happy think a lifetime short, but to the unhappy one night can be an eternity.
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Etymology 1

Old English līflīċ.

Adjective

lively (comparative livelier, superlative liveliest)

Positive
lively

Comparative
livelier

Superlative
liveliest

  1. Full of life; energetic.
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Etymology 2

Old English līflīċe.

Adverb

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Positive
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Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. (obsolete) In a lifelike manner; vibrantly, vividly.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Folio Society 2006, vol. 1, p. 220-1:
      the Painter Protogenes [...] having perfected the image of a wearie and panting dog, [...] but being unable, as he desired, lively to represent the drivel or slaver of his mouth, vexed against his owne worke, took his spunge, and moist as it was with divers colours, threw it at the picture [...].

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