Definition of alacrity in English:

alacrity

noun

  • [mass noun] Brisk and cheerful readiness:

    ‘she accepted the invitation with alacrity’
    • ‘This is one divorce that conservatives should embrace with all alacrity and enthusiasm.’
    • ‘As the match progressed, the players hit the target with alacrity.’
    • ‘I was offered the appointment a couple of months ago and accepted with alacrity - what a tremendous honour.’
    • ‘The alacrity with which other countries took up the idea is remarkable.’
    • ‘One of the key facets of the game of basketball is the speed and alacrity of movement that players exhibit.’
    • ‘It isn't that the British responded to the crisis with insufficient alacrity, or that they showed a want of resolve.’
    • ‘It's a recipe for good decision-making in terms of the speed and alacrity with which you can make decisions, of course.’
    • ‘So the federal government responded with astonishing alacrity, great efficiency.’
    • ‘Now that's what I call real thoughtfulness, and of course I accepted the suggestion with alacrity.’
    • ‘But today's most exciting trends tend to erupt, rather than trickle down; they come and go with dizzying alacrity.’
    • ‘This was a situation I would have to remedy, and with alacrity.’
    • ‘They break from defence into attack with alacrity.’
    • ‘Displaying the same alacrity from the gates as he had when winning a Doncaster minor event, the Mujadil colt was guided by the stands' rails to a workmanlike success.’
    • ‘That is why he will agree to your proposition with alacrity.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, I've gone through the archives with speed and alacrity, but still can't find the name of the hotel.’
    • ‘Mr Garner, who is described as ‘soft-spoken, humble and efficient’, accepted the job with alacrity.’
    • ‘But then again, he did leave the helicopter with alacrity when we landed and the door was finally slid open.’
    • ‘Among the latest batch of begging letters was a request to speak at Gordonstoun, which she has accepted with alacrity.’
    • ‘Dillingham pointed out that in certain cases the FAA has acted with alacrity.’
    • ‘The internet is largely responsible for enabling new players to get to grips with the game, everyone from grannies to students seemingly taking it up with alacrity.’
    eagerness, willingness, readiness
    enthusiasm, ardour, fervour, keenness, joyousness, liveliness, zeal
    promptness, haste, briskness, swiftness, dispatch, speed
    address
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin alacritas, from alacer brisk.

Pronunciation:

alacrity

/əˈlakrɪti/