alacrity


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a·lac·ri·ty

 (ə-lăk′rĭ-tē)
n.
1. Cheerful willingness; eagerness.
2. Speed or quickness; celerity.

[Latin alacritās, from alacer, lively.]

a·lac′ri·tous (-təs) adj.

alacrity

(əˈlækrɪtɪ)
n
liveliness or briskness
[C15: from Latin alacritās, from alacer lively]
aˈlacritous adj

a•lac•ri•ty

(əˈlæk rɪ ti)

n.
1. cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness: to do a favor with alacrity.
2. liveliness; briskness.
[1500–10; < Latin alacritās=alacri(s) lively + -tās -ty2]
a•lac′ri•tous, adj.

alacrity

a cheerful readiness, promptitude, or willingness; briskness. — alacritous, adj.
See also: Alertness
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.alacrity - liveliness and eagernessalacrity - liveliness and eagerness; "he accepted with alacrity"; "the smartness of the pace soon exhausted him"
sprightliness, liveliness, spirit, life - animation and energy in action or expression; "it was a heavy play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it"

alacrity

Translations
خِفَّة حَرَكَه، نَشَاط
čilosthbitosthorlivostochota
beredvillighediver
into
röskleiki, fúsleiki
paslaugumasuolumas
ātrumsgatavība
skwapliwość
isteklilik

alacrity

[əˈlækrɪtɪ] Nprontitud f, presteza f
with alacritycon prontitud or presteza

alacrity

[əˈlækrɪti] n
with alacrity → avec empressement

alacrity

n (= willingness)Bereitwilligkeit f; (= eagerness)Eifer m, → Eilfertigkeit f; to accept with alacrityohne zu zögern annehmen

alacrity

[əˈlækrɪtɪ] n with alacrityprontamente

alacrity

(əˈlӕkrəti) noun
quick and cheerful willingness. He obeyed with alacrity.
References in classic literature ?
In time of war the poor are accustomed to show no alacrity without they have provisions found them; when they have, then indeed they are willing to fight.
Strickland was glad to show me her children, and she accepted my invitation with alacrity.
AMBITION is like choler; which is an humor that maketh men active, earnest, full of alacrity, and stirring, if it be not stopped.
Mrs Smith's enjoyments were not spoiled by this improvement of income, with some improvement of health, and the acquisition of such friends to be often with, for her cheerfulness and mental alacrity did not fail her; and while these prime supplies of good remained, she might have bid defiance even to greater accessions of worldly prosperity.
The remaining members of the crew, safe in Lord Greystoke's assurance that they would not be prosecuted for their share in the villainies of the two Russians, hastened with cheerful alacrity to their several duties.
His presence now was not of his own choosing: he had been ordered to accompany his superior and at the moment could think of nothing more prudent than simulated alacrity in obedience to the command.
The quadroon was following them with little quick steps, having assumed a fictitious animation and alacrity for the occasion.
In another instant the tree was deserted; the figures of the five millionaires of Devil's Ford, crossing the fierce glare of the open space, with boyish alacrity, glistened in the sunlight, and then disappeared in the nearest fringe of thickets.
There is a certain embarrassment about applying to the average American hotel clerk, a certain hesitancy, a sense of insecurity against rebuff; but you feel no embarrassment in your intercourse with the portier; he receives your propositions with an enthusiasm which cheers, and plunges into their accomplishment with an alacrity which almost inebriates.
With an alacrity beyond the common impulse of a spirit which yet was never indifferent to the credit of doing every thing well and attentively, with the real goodwill of a mind delighted with its own ideas, did she then do all the honours of the meal, and help and recommend the minced chicken and scalloped oysters, with an urgency which she knew would be acceptable to the early hours and civil scruples of their guests.
The assiduous merchant, the laborious husbandman, the active mechanic, and the industrious manufacturer, -- all orders of men, look forward with eager expectation and growing alacrity to this pleasing reward of their toils.
He frequently offered him a glass of whiskey or pale ale in the steamer bar-room, which Passepartout never failed to accept with graceful alacrity, mentally pronouncing Fix the best of good fellows.