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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
  • My dear young friend,” I answered, “imagine the alacrity with which I concede it.

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

  • "I will go down there this afternoon," she says, with alacrity.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • "I used to have a corporal that was an ex-burglar," he said, plunging into the new subject with alacrity.

    Quin Alice Hegan Rice
  • They were highly elated by the news, and they helped to pack up with alacrity.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • But, unhappily, there was alacrity enough in another quarter.

  • She straightened up with an alacrity that nearly threw Charlie off his balance.

    Marjorie Dean Pauline Lester
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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