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alacrity

[uh-lak-ri-tee] /əˈlæk rɪ ti/
noun
1.
cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness:
We accepted the invitation with alacrity.
2.
liveliness; briskness.
Origin
1500-1510
1500-10; < Latin alacritās, equivalent to alacri(s) lively + -tās- -ty2
Related forms
alacritous, adjective
unalacritous, adjective
Synonyms
1. eagerness, keenness; fervor, zeal. 2. sprightliness, agility.
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British Dictionary definitions for alacritous

alacrity

/əˈlækrɪtɪ/
noun
1.
liveliness or briskness
Derived Forms
alacritous, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin alacritās, from alacer lively
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Word Origin and History for alacritous

alacrity

n.

mid-15c., from Latin alacritatem (nominative alacritas) "liveliness, ardor, eagerness," from alacer (genitive alacris) "cheerful, brisk, lively;" of uncertain origin, perhaps cognate with Gothic aljan "zeal," Old English ellen "courage, zeal, strength," Old High German ellian.

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