(used as an exclamation of sorrow, regret, or dismay.)
For Quintus Q.—alas and alackaday—was the last of his glorious line.
Old Judge Priest Irvin S. Cobb
But alas and alackaday for the instability of youthful affection!
The Holy Cross and Other Tales Eugene Field
an archaic or poetic word for alas
late 15c., from ah, lack, from lack in Middle English sense of “loss, failure, reproach, shame.” Originally an expression of dissatisfaction, later of regret or unpleasant surprise.
cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness: We accepted the invitation with alacrity. liveliness; briskness. Contemporary Examples When it comes to nuns, though, the church is somehow able to act with alacrity. Rebel Nuns Michelle Goldberg May 20, 2010 Down under, people endearingly call boxes of wine “goons,” and they drink them with alacrity. Taking Boxed Wine […]
alacrima alacrima a·lac·ri·ma (ā-lāk’rə-mə) n. Hereditary or congenital deficiency or absence of tear secretion.
cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness: We accepted the invitation with alacrity. liveliness; briskness. Historical Examples Before him every hat was doffed with alacritous esteem due to his age and worth. Household stories from the Land of Hofer R. H. Busk noun liveliness or briskness n. mid-15c., from Latin alacritatem (nominative alacritas) “liveliness, ardor, eagerness,” from […]
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