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joie de vivre – Word of the Day


Joie de vivre \zhwaduh VEE-vruh\ noun

1. French. a delight in being alive; keen, carefree enjoyment of living.


It’s this sort of thing that ages a chappie, don’t you know, and makes his youthful joie-de-vivre go a bit groggy at the knees.
— P. G. Wodehouse, The Inimitable Jeeves, 1923


Joie de vivre translates literally from French as “joy of living.” It entered English in the late 1800s.

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