Definition of alacritous in English:



  • Brisk or lively.

    ‘she danced her solos with vigour and alacritous changes of focus’
    • ‘She danced her solos with a stage-devouring vigor and alacritous changes of focus that thrilled me, as did Fairchild in his own solos.’
    • ‘I picked that passage because I think that even if it doesn't embody his whole range, it at least reflects his fondness for alacritous swerves of phrasing.’
    • ‘Judging from the alacritous response to ' Truths Revealed ' - his latest show at the Everard Read - the risk has certainly paid off.’
    • ‘Watching their measures, grave and alacritous, under Karoui's unflagging baton, was an unalloyed pleasure.’
    • ‘Suzanne Farrell has called Barocco twenty minutes of heaven, and to be among its eight alacritous corps dancers was a privilege reserved for the company's most experienced girls.’
    quick, rapid, fast, swift, speedy, fleet-footed
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Mid 19th century: from alacrity + -ous.