alacrity


noun

  1. cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness: We accepted the invitation with alacrity.
  2. liveliness; briskness.

noun

  1. liveliness or briskness
n.

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.

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