A Word A Day : Alacrity
Sunday, 1st June 2008 : Today's Word is ...
( Noun )
Pronunciation : alá-kri-tee Definition:
1. promptness or eager and speedy readiness
2. cheerful willingness
3. liveliness and eagernessEtymology:
Early 16th century - Latin alacritas - alacer - livelySynonyms:
eagerness, enthusiasm, readiness, quickness, promptness, speed, swiftness, rapidity, keenness, zeal, livelinessAntonyms:
sluggishness, apathy, aversion, disinclination, dullness, indifference, reluctance, slowness, unwillingnessContextual 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
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