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celerity

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noun ce·ler·i·ty \sə-ˈler-ə-tē, -ˈle-rə-\

Definition of celerity

  1. :  rapidity of motion or action



Examples of celerity in a sentence

  1. <a journalist who writes his well-crafted stories with remarkable celerity>



Did You Know?

In the novel Of Human Bondage, W. Somerset Maugham tells of an undertaker's shop that used the words "Economy, Celerity, Propriety" as part of a window display involving "silver lettering on a black cloth" and "two model coffins." But celerity isn't dead in English writing, where it has proven its vitality since the Middle Ages. Shakespeare used it in Henry V when the chorus recited, "Thus with imagin'd wing our swift scene flies, / In motion of no less celerity / Than that of thought." Benjamin Franklin used it as a synonym of "velocity." And the speedy term (which can be traced back to celer, a Latin word meaning "swift") is still keeping pace today.

Origin and Etymology of celerity

Middle English celerite, from Anglo-French, from Latin celeritat-, celeritas, from celer swift — more at hold


First Known Use: 15th century


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