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Definitions for alacrity
əˈlæk rɪ tialacrity

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. alacrity, briskness, smartnessnoun

    liveliness and eagerness

    "he accepted with alacrity"; "the smartness of the pace soon exhausted him"


  1. alacritynoun

    Eagerness; liveliness; enthusiasm.

  2. alacritynoun

    Promptness; speed.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Alacritynoun

    Cheerfulness, expressed by some outward token; sprightliness; gayety; liveliness; cheerful willingness.

    Etymology: alacritas, Lat.

    Wherefore, in the end, these orders were, on all sides, assented unto with no less alacrity of mind, than cities, unable to hold out any longer, are wont to shew when they take conditions, such as it liketh him to offer them, which hath them in the narrow straits of advantage. Richard Hooker, Preface.

    Give me a bowl of wine;
    I have not that alacrity of spirit,
    Nor cheer of mind, that I was wont to have. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    But glad, that now his sea should find a shore,
    With fresh alacrity, and force renew’d,
    Springs upward. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ii. l. 1011.

    Never did men more joyfully obey,
    Or sooner understood the sign to fly:
    With such alacrity they bore away,
    As if, to praise them all, the states stood by. John Dryden, Ann. Mir.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alacritynoun

    a cheerful readiness, willingness, or promptitude; joyous activity; briskness; sprightliness; as, the soldiers advanced with alacrity to meet the enemy

  2. Etymology: [L. alacritas, fr. alacer lively, eager, prob. akin to Gr. to drive, Goth. aljan zeal.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Alacrity

    a-lak′ri-ti, n. briskness: cheerful readiness: promptitude. [L. alacris, brisk.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of alacrity in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of alacrity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of alacrity in a Sentence

  1. Henry David Thoreau:

    Government never furthered any enterprise but the alacrity with which it got out of the way.

  2. Megan Crandall:

    In no way is there any intention whatsoever to let this languish, our intention is to move forward with as much alacrity as possible.

  3. John Kilduff:

    It's the same witches brew of bullish stuff: Iran, Venezuela, the lack of alacrity by Saudi Arabia to bring more oil onto the market.

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