Origin of alacrity
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|Jordan Salcito|March 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When it comes to nuns, though, the church is somehow able to act with alacrity.
The petty officer accepted the invitation with alacrity, even before Fordyce explained what was required of him.A Sub and a Submarine|Percy F. Westerman
His alacrity of manner and quick step justified this opinion.Cousin Betty|Honore de Balzac
"Suppose you walk in and take a nearer view," said his father, and Max obeyed with alacrity, the others following.Elsie at the World's Fair|Martha Finley
The master looked up with an alacrity perhaps inconsistent with his cynical austerity.Cressy|Bret Harte
Off came the gloves; and as the girl tripped quickly into the adjoining room, he followed with alacrity.The Wharf by the Docks|Florence Warden
British Dictionary definitions for alacrity
Word Origin for alacrity
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.