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[uh-lak-ri-tee] /əˈlæk rɪ ti/
cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness:
We accepted the invitation with alacrity.
liveliness; briskness.
Origin of alacrity
1500-10; < Latin alacritās, equivalent to alacri(s) lively + -tās- -ty2
Related forms
alacritous, adjective
unalacritous, adjective
1. eagerness, keenness; fervor, zeal. 2. sprightliness, agility. Unabridged
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  • And then, the ages having elapsed with some alacrity, the door opens and the two subjects of discussion make their appearance.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • The captain moved among them, and his orders were obeyed, but not with alacrity.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • It therefore received the fugitives with alacrity, and making their cause its own, declared war upon Assisi.

  • "Why, certainly, certainly," the old man chirped with alacrity.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport Robert Neilson Stephens
  • "I used to have a corporal that was an ex-burglar," he said, plunging into the new subject with alacrity.

    Quin Alice Hegan Rice
  • “Makes me glad, missie,” said the cowpuncher, with alacrity.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • But, unhappily, there was alacrity enough in another quarter.

  • Needless to say Captain Eri agreed to this plan with alacrity.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for alacrity


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

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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