cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness:
We accepted the invitation with alacrity.
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 Seriously: It’s Not Just for Hobos and Teenagers Anymore Jordan Salcito March 14, 2014
And then, the ages having elapsed with some alacrity, the door opens and the two subjects of discussion make their appearance.
Somehow Good William de Morgan
The captain moved among them, and his orders were obeyed, but not with alacrity.
Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
It therefore received the fugitives with alacrity, and making their cause its own, declared war upon Assisi.
Life of St. Francis of Assisi Paul Sabatier
“Why, certainly, certainly,” the old man chirped with alacrity.
The Mystery of Murray Davenport Robert Neilson Stephens
“I used to have a corporal that was an ex-burglar,” he said, plunging into the new subject with alacrity.
Quin Alice Hegan Rice
“Makes me glad, missie,” said the cowpuncher, with alacrity.
The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
But, unhappily, there was alacrity enough in another quarter.
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc Mark Twain
Needless to say Captain Eri agreed to this plan with alacrity.
Cap’n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
liveliness or briskness
mid-15c., from Latin alacritatem (nominative alacritas) “liveliness, ardor, eagerness,” from alacer (genitive alacris) “cheerful, brisk, lively;” of uncertain origin, perhaps cognate with Gothic aljan “zeal,” Old English ellen “courage, zeal, strength,” Old High German ellian.
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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(in The Arabian Nights’ Entertainments) the son of a poor widow in China. He becomes the possessor of a magic lamp and ring with which he can command a jinn to do his bidding. Contemporary Examples Since its premiere this March, Aladdin has received rave reviews. The Best Plays on Broadway Marina Watts May 18, […]