alacrity

  • 1 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 …

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  • 2 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

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

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  • 4 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

  • 5 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

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

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 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

  • 9 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… …

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  • 10 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

  • 11 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 …

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  • 12 alacrity — noun Etymology: Latin alacritas, from alacr , alacer lively, eager Date: 15th century promptness in response ; cheerful readiness < accepted the invitation with alacrity > • alacritous adjective …

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  • 13 alacrity — alacritous, adj. /euh lak ri tee/, n. 1. cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness: We accepted the invitation with alacrity. 2. liveliness; briskness. [1500 10; < L alacritas, equiv. to alacri(s) lively + tas TY2] Syn. 1. eagerness,… …

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  • 14 alacrity — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. promptness, speed; zeal, eagerness. See activity, earliness, desire. Ant., apathy, laziness. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. alertness, promptness, readiness, quickness; see action 1 , willingness . III… …

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  • 15 alacrity — a|lac|ri|ty [ ə lækrəti ] noun with alacrity quickly and with enthusiasm …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 alacrity — noun (U) quickness and eagerness: They accepted our offer with alacrity …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 alacrity — noun I am confident that Liberia is going to move forward now with alacrity at the peace table Syn: eagerness, willingness, readiness; enthusiasm, ardor, avidity, fervor, keenness; promptness, haste, swiftness, dispatch, speed …

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  • 18 alacrity — UK [əˈlækrətɪ] / US noun with alacrity …

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  • 19 alacrity — a•lac•ri•ty [[t]əˈlæk rɪ ti[/t]] n. 1) cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness: to do a favor with alacrity[/ex] 2) liveliness; briskness • Etymology: 1500–10; < L alacritās=alacri(s) lively + tās ty II a•lac′ri•tous, adj …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 alacrity — Synonyms and related words: abruptness, acquiescence, agility, agreeability, agreeableness, amenability, animation, anxiety, anxiousness, appetite, ardor, avidity, avidness, breathless impatience, briskness, cheerful consent, cheerful readiness,… …

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