noun \ə-ˈla-krə-tē\

: a quick and cheerful readiness to do something

Full Definition of ALACRITY

:  promptness in response :  cheerful readiness <accepted the invitation with alacrity>
alac·ri·tous \-krə-təs\ adjective

Examples of ALACRITY

  1. She accepted the invitation with an alacrity that surprised me.
  2. <having just acquired his driver's license that morning, the teen agreed with alacrity to drive his cousin to the airport>
  3. Surely one of the most striking features of human dynamics is the alacrity with which those who have been oppressed will oppress whomever they can once the opportunity presents itself. —Randall Kennedy, Atlantic, May 1997

Origin of ALACRITY

Latin alacritas, from alacr-, alacer lively, eager
First Known Use: 15th century


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