Alacrity

Alacrity

əˈlakrədē

Noun

  • Brisk and cheerful readiness.

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Example Sentences

“Sivan’s alacrity and willingness to try new projects make him a valuable member of the team.” 

“The class responded to the pop quiz with a surprising alacrity.”

“I try to complete my chores with alacrity because it makes the time pass by faster.”

Word Origin

Latin, mid-15th century

Why this word?

“Alacrity” derives from the Latin word “alacer,” which means “brisk.” It denotes physical quickness, coupled with an attitude of eagerness or enthusiasm. It shares the same Latin root as the Italian word “allegro,” which is a musical direction for compositions meant to be performed at a brisk and lively tempo.

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