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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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  • The captain moved among them, and his orders were obeyed, but not with alacrity.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • But, on his own part, he now saw no reason for a display of alacrity.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • That force had been got together with an alacrity which has seldom been equalled.

  • “All right,” Beauty Smith spoke up with the alacrity of fear.

    White Fang Jack London
  • "Why, certainly, certainly," the old man chirped with alacrity.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport Robert Neilson Stephens
  • “Makes me glad, missie,” said the cowpuncher, with alacrity.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • Needless to say Captain Eri agreed to this plan with alacrity.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • The lad sought to obey him with an alacrity that merited a kinder fate.

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
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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