Definition of celerity
: rapidity of motion or action Celerity of movement is vital in war.
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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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