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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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Examples for alacrity
  • They would rush to the spot with alacrity, and ask only to be told what to do.
  • There's also a battle mode in the game, the object being to whack the other players with speed and alacrity.
  • Whether improvised or remembered, the retort certainly shows intellectual alacrity.
  • They informed me that my application had been received and would be reviewed with all due alacrity.
  • The result is that many of those species are hunted with the sort of alacrity traditionally reserved for sardines and herring.
  • There was no man braver than he, nor was there any who obeyed all orders of his superior in rank with more unquestioning alacrity.
  • The Treasury's rules don't take up this challenge with alacrity.
  • For their willingness to work for so little, they are accepted with alacrity.
  • At the very outset he took the plague; recovered, and with fresh alacrity resumed his first duties.
  • He's got a helluva lot on his plate, and he's acted with alacrity, intelligence and grace in handling the weighty tasks he faces.
British Dictionary definitions for alacrity

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 alacrity
alacrity
c.1500, from L. alacritatem (nom. alacritas) "liveliness," from alacer (gen. alacris) "cheerful, brisk, lively;" cognate with Goth. aljan "zeal," O.E. ellen, O.H.G. ellian.
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