- cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness: We accepted the invitation with alacrity.
- liveliness; briskness.
Origin of alacrity
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Examples from the Web for alacrity
Down under, people endearingly call boxes of wine “goons,” and they drink them with alacrity.Taking Boxed Wine Seriously: It’s Not Just for Hobos and Teenagers Anymore
March 15, 2014
When it comes to nuns, though, the church is somehow able to act with alacrity.Rebel Nuns
May 21, 2010
The captain moved among them, and his orders were obeyed, but not with alacrity.Brave and Bold
But, on his own part, he now saw no reason for a display of alacrity.The Secret Agent
That force had been got together with an alacrity which has seldom been equalled.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
“All right,” Beauty Smith spoke up with the alacrity of fear.White Fang
"Why, certainly, certainly," the old man chirped with alacrity.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
- liveliness or briskness
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.