- swiftness; speed.
Origin of celerity
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Examples from the Web for celerity
Celerity, valor, endurance, they were his iridescent neck and tail feathers.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
The pot-boy's movements resembled those of a tortoise in celerity.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
I let them both go with a celerity which to this day astonishes my memory.The Mirror of the Sea
They marveled at the celerity with which the fort was put up.The Wonder Island Boys: The Tribesmen
He practised before a mirror and was satisfied with his celerity.Jack O' Judgment
- rapidity; swiftness; speed
Word Origin and History for celerity
late 15c., from Old French celeritee (14c., Modern French célérité), from Latin celeritatem (nominative celeritas) "swiftness," from celer "swift," from possible PIE root *kel- "to drive, set in swift motion" (cf. Sanskrit carati "goes," Greek keles "fast horse or ship," keleuthos "journey, road," Lithuanian sulys "a gallop," Old High German scelo "stallion").