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Friday, August 14, 2009

Definitions for celerity

  1. swiftness; speed.

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Citations for celerity
It was the swift celerity of his death, / Which I did think with slower foot came on, / That brain'd my purpose. But, peace be with him! William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, 1623
He resolved to make up for this, by moving with the most extraordinary celerity from one part of the country to another, so as to strike severe blows where they were least expected, and take the chance of awakening the drooping spirit of the Royalists. Sir Walter Scott, Tales of a Grandfather: Being Stories Taken from Scottish History, Volume II, 1828
Origin of celerity
Celerity finds its roots in the Latin term celer meaning "swift." It entered English in the late 1400s.