Definition of alacrity in English:



  • Brisk and cheerful readiness.

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