A Word A Day : Alacrity

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( Noun )

Pronunciation : alá-kri-tee


1. promptness or eager and speedy readiness

2. cheerful willingness

3. liveliness and eagerness


Early 16th century - Latin alacritas - alacer - lively


eagerness, enthusiasm, readiness, quickness, promptness, speed, swiftness, rapidity, keenness, zeal, liveliness


sluggishness, apathy, aversion, disinclination, dullness, indifference, reluctance, slowness, unwillingness

Contextual Examples:

• Strickland was glad to show me her children and she accepted my invitation with alacrity.

• AMBITION is like choler : which is an humor that maketh men active, earnest, full of alacrity and stirring, if it be not stopped.

• In time of war the poor are accustomed to show no alacrity without they have provisions found them; when they have, then indeed they are willing to fight.

• We accepted the invitation with alacrity.

Related Words:

alacritous : Adjective

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