a·lac·ri·ty [uh-lak-ri-tee] (previously 05-15-13)
1. cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness: We accepted the invitation with alacrity.
2. liveliness; briskness.
readiness, eagerness, willingness, quickness, sprightliness, expedition, gaiety, dispatch, zeal, hilarity, fervor, avidity, enthusiasm, speed, cheerfulness, alertness, promptitude, briskness
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1. eagerness, keenness; fervor, zeal.
2. sprightliness, agility.
Origin: 1500–10; < Latin alacritas, equivalent to alacri ( s ) lively + -tas- -ty
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ALACRITY
Down under, people endearingly call boxes of wine “goons,” and they drink them with alacrity.
TAKING BOXED WINE SERIOUSLY: IT’S NOT JUST FOR HOBOS AND TEENAGERS ANYMORE|JORDAN SALCITO|MARCH 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When it comes to nuns, though, the church is somehow able to act with alacrity.
REBEL NUNS|MICHELLE GOLDBERG|MAY 21, 2010|DAILY BEAST
The petty officer accepted the invitation with alacrity, even before Fordyce explained what was required of him.
A SUB AND A SUBMARINE|PERCY F. WESTERMAN
His alacrity of manner and quick step justified this opinion.
COUSIN BETTY|HONORE DE BALZAC
"Suppose you walk in and take a nearer view," said his father, and Max obeyed with alacrity, the others following.
ELSIE AT THE WORLD'S FAIR|MARTHA FINLEY
The master looked up with an alacrity perhaps inconsistent with his cynical austerity.
Off came the gloves; and as the girl tripped quickly into the adjoining room, he followed with alacrity.
THE WHARF BY THE DOCKS|FLORENCE WARDEN
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