Definition of celerity
: rapidity of motion or action Celerity of movement is vital in war.
Examples of celerity in a sentence
<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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