A Word A Day : Celerity



Tuesday, 27th May 2008 : Today's Word is ...


Celerity



( Noun )




Pronunciation : se-lérre-tee


Definition:



1. quickness in movement or in doing something ( literary )

2. swiftness of action or motion

3. the characteristic of doing things without delay

4. to quicken the natural or ordinary progression or process of

5. the relative speed of progress or change


Etymology:


15th century - Via French - Latin celeritas - celer - swift


Synonyms:




dispatch, expedition, expeditiousness, fleetness, haste, hurry, hustle, quickness, rapidity, rapidness, speed, speediness, swiftness


Antonyms:


slowness, sluggishness


Contextual Examples:



• They moved with great
celerity when they heard about the flood.

• For the helmet of Pluto, which maketh the politic man go invisible, is secrecy in the counsel, and
celerity in the execution.

• Time, with all its
celerity, moves slowly to him whose whole employment is to watch its flight.


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Celeritas : Noun



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