alacrity

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Etymology[edit]

Coined between 1500 and 1510 from Latin alacritās,[1] from alacer (brisk) + -itas (-ity).

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  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /əˈlæk.ɹɪ.ti/, /əˈlæk.ɹə.ti/
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alacrity (plural alacrities)

  1. Eagerness; liveliness; enthusiasm.
    • 1837, Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, ch. 12:
      "I'll get into the clothes this minute, if they're here," said Sam, with great alacrity.
    • 1922, Edith Wharton, The Glimpses of the Moon, ch. 24:
      This evening, however, he was struck by the beaming alacrity of the aide-de-camp's greeting.
  2. Promptness; speed.
    • 1849, Henry David Thoreau, "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience":
      Yet this government never of itself furthered any enterprise, but by the alacrity with which it got out of its way.
    • 1902, Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, Part 1:
      He had a uniform jacket with one button off, and seeing a white man on the path, hoisted his weapon to his shoulder with alacrity.

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  1. ^ "Alacrity" in Dictionary.com