Definition of celerity in English:



mass nounarchaic, literary
  • Swiftness of movement.

    • ‘Coerced abstinence reflects a shift in emphasis from the severity of potential sanctions for continued drug use to a focus on the certainty and celerity of consequences of use as the primary mechanism for changing offender behavior.’
    • ‘The overwhelming celerity with which the everyday perpetually transforms its packaging, the excessively rapid turnover of signs has condensed our historical perspective.’
    • ‘She knows how to pack the energy inside her lines and irregular stanzas with startling celerity and agility.’
    • ‘Nowhere does fear do its work with more celerity and less constraint than in the financial markets, which often flee even from their own shadows.’
    • ‘An individual's crime calculus is influenced by three factors: certainty, severity, and celerity of punishment.’
    rapidity, swiftness, speediness, alacrity, quickness, fastness, velocity, dispatch, promptness, immediacy, expeditiousness, expedition, briskness, sharpness
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Late 15th century: from Old French celerite, from Latin celeritas, from celer ‘swift’.