alacrity

[ uh-lak-ri-tee ]

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Part of Speech

noun

Origin + Etymology

from Latin alacritas, from alacer ‘brisk’

Synonyms

  • alertness
  • avidity
  • briskness
  • cheerfulness
  • eagerness
  • enthusiasm
  • expedition
  • fervor
  • gaiety
  • hilarity

Antonyms

  • apathy
  • indifference
  • slowing
  • coolness
  • lethargy

Definition

cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness

Example

We accepted the invitation to the neighbor's festive Halloween party with alacrity.

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