Definition of Alacrity

1. Noun. Liveliness and eagerness. "The smartness of the pace soon exhausted him"

Exact synonyms: Briskness, Smartness
Generic synonyms: Life, Liveliness, Spirit, Sprightliness
Derivative terms: Alacritous, Brisk, Smart



Definition of Alacrity

1. n. A cheerful readiness, willingness, or promptitude; joyous activity; briskness; sprightliness; as, the soldiers advanced with alacrity to meet the enemy.

Definition of Alacrity

1. Noun. Eagerness; liveliness; enthusiasm. ¹

2. Noun. Promptness; speed. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Alacrity

1. cheerful promptness [n -TIES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Alacrity

alabastre
alabastrian
alabastrine
alabastrum
alachlor
alachlors
alacizumab
alack
alackaday
alacranite
alacrious
alacriously
alacriousness
alacrities
alacritous
alacrity (current term)
alactic oxygen debt
alae
alae lingulae cerebelli
alagebrium
alaiment
alaiments
alakazam
alalia
alalias
alalic
alalonga
alalongas
alameda

Literary usage of Alacrity

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1. Journal of Researches Into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries by Charles Darwin (1846)
"... done with such alacrity, that I dare say he thought himself the handsomest man in Tierra del Fuego. After our first feeling of grave astonishment was ..."

2. The Anatomy of Melancholy: What it Is, with All the Kinds, Causes, Symptomes by Robert Burton (1836)
"... for it, but will easily endure it and much more, because it is done with alacrity, and for his mistress sweet sake ; let the burden be never so heavy, ..."

3. The Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee (1909)
"1759) that he had ' great merit, spirit, and alacrity, and shone extremely at Louisbourg.' He reached England on 1 Nov., and joined the 2nd battalion of the ..."

4. Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of 'eighty by Charles Dickens (1868)
"Mr. Willet was by no means disposed to stand there listening by himself, especially as the walls were very thick ; so descended, with much greater alacrity ..."

5. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1868)
"... necessary to hold harmless the great interests committed to their care, with a cheerful alacrity and steady zeal, deserving the warmest commendations. ..."

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