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Wednesday, July 09, 2003

Definitions for alacrity

  1. A cheerful or eager readiness or willingness, often manifested by brisk, lively action or promptness in response.

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Citations for alacrity
As for his homemade meatloaf sandwich with green tomato ketchup, a condiment he developed while working in New York, I devoured it with an alacrity unbecoming in someone who gets paid to taste carefully. R.W. Apple Jr., New York Times
Arranged in long ranks, ten-, twelve-, or thirteen-year-old girls, pale and hollow-eyed, their pinned-back hair sprouting tendrils limp with perspiration, operated the machinery with such alacrity that arms and hands were a flying blur. Patricia Albers, Shadows, Fire, Snow: The Life of Tina Modotti
Origin of alacrity
Alacrity comes from Latin alacritas, from alacer, "lively."