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alacrity

[ uh-lak-ri-tee ]
/ əˈlæk rɪ ti /
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noun

cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness: We accepted the invitation with alacrity.
liveliness; briskness.

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Origin of alacrity

First recorded in 1500–10; from Latin alacritāt-, stem of alacritās “enthusiasm, zeal,” equivalent to alacer + -tās- noun suffix (see -ty2)

OTHER WORDS FROM alacrity

a·lac·ri·tous, adjectiveun·a·lac·ri·tous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for alacrity

alacrity
/ (əˈlækrɪtɪ) /

noun

liveliness or briskness

Derived forms of alacrity

alacritous, adjective

Word Origin for alacrity

C15: from Latin alacritās, from alacer lively
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