alacrity

[ uh-lak-ri-tee ]
/ əˈlæk rɪ ti /

noun

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 formsa·lac·ri·tous, adjectiveun·a·lac·ri·tous, adjective
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alacrity

/ (əˈlækrɪtɪ) /

noun

liveliness or briskness
Derived Formsalacritous, adjective

Word Origin for alacrity

C15: from Latin alacritās, from alacer lively
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Word Origin and History for alacrity

alacrity


n.

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.

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