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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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  • 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


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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