alacrity

alacrity
noun Etymology: Latin alacritas, from alacr-, alacer lively, eager Date: 15th century promptness in response ; cheerful readiness <
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alacritous adjective

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  • Alacrity — may refer to:* HMS Alacrity (F174), a Type 21 frigate of the Royal Navy * USS Alacrity (MSO 520), an Ability class minesweeper * USS Alacrity (PG 87), an Action class patrol boat * USS Alacrity (SP 206), an Alacrity class patrol boat …   Wikipedia

  • Alacrity — A*lac ri*ty, n. [L. alacritas, fr. alacer lively, eager, prob. akin to Gr. ? to drive, Goth. aljan zeal.] A cheerful readiness, willingness, or promptitude; joyous activity; briskness; sprightliness; as, the soldiers advanced with alacrity to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • alacrity — I noun agreeableness, anxiety, briskness, celerity, compliance, dispatch, eagerness, enthusiasm, expedition, facility, haste, immediacy, immediateness, industry, promptitude, promptness, punctuality, quickness, readiness, speed, speediness,… …   Law dictionary

  • alacrity — (n.) mid 15c., from L. alacritatem (nom. alacritas) liveliness, ardor, eagerness, from alacer (gen. alacris) cheerful, brisk, lively; of uncertain origin, perhaps cognate with Goth. aljan zeal, O.E. ellen courage, zeal, strength, O.H.G. ellian …   Etymology dictionary

  • alacrity — *celerity, legerity Analogous words: eagerness, avidity, anxiety (see corresponding adjectives at EAGER): quickness, promptness, readiness (see corresponding adjectives at QUICK): agility, nimbleness, briskness (see corresponding adjectives at… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • alacrity — [n] liveliness; promptness alertness, avidity, briskness, cheerfulness, dispatch, eagerness, enthusiasm, expedition, fervor, gaiety, hilarity, joyousness, promptitude, quickness, readiness, speed, sprightliness, willingness, zeal; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • alacrity — ► NOUN ▪ brisk eagerness or enthusiasm. ORIGIN Latin alacritas, from alacer brisk …   English terms dictionary

  • alacrity — [ə lak′rə tē] n. [ME & OFr alacrite < L alacritas, liveliness < alacer, lively] eager willingness or readiness, often manifested by quick, lively action alacritous adj …   English World dictionary

  • alacrity — noun /əˈlæk.ɹɪ.ti,əˈlæk.ɹə.ti/ a) Eagerness; liveliness; enthusiasm. Ill get into the clothes this minute, if theyre here, said Sam, with great alacrity. b) Promptness; speed. This evening, however, he was struck by the beaming alacrity of the… …   Wiktionary

  • alacrity — a|lac|ri|ty [əˈlækrıti] n [U] formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: alacritas, from alacer lively, eager ] quickness and eagerness with alacrity ▪ She accepted with alacrity …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • alacrity — [[t]əlæ̱krɪti[/t]] N UNCOUNT: usu with N If you do something with alacrity, you do it quickly and eagerly. [FORMAL] As you can imagine, I accepted with alacrity …   English dictionary

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