Origin of alacrityMiddle English and Old French alacrite from Classical Latin alacritas, liveliness from alacer, lively
Someone quickly and cheerfully accepting an invitation to a wedding is an example of a person acting with alacrity.
- Cheerful willingness; eagerness.
- Speed or quickness; celerity.
Origin of alacrityLatin alacritās from alacer lively
Coined between 1500 and 1510 from Latin alacritās, from alacer (“brisk”) + -itas (“-ity”).
- With a bridegroom's fresh alacrity, let us address the issues at hand.
- A number of brisk young men began with remarkable alacrity to tidy up the goods that remained disturbed.
- The minister had an alacrity of spirit that helped minimize the weight he carries.
- Spain, which then was without a governor of consular rank, showed no alacrity.
- Sir William and Lady Lucas were speedily applied to for their consent; and it was bestowed with a most joyful alacrity.