A cheerful readiness determination or promptitude joyous task briskness sprightliness whilst the troops advanced with alacrity to satisfy the enemy
- liveliness and eagerness
- A cheerful readiness, readiness, or promptitude; joyous task; briskness; sprightliness; since, the troops advanced with alacrity to meet up the adversary.
mid-15c., from Latin alacritatem (nominative alacritas) "liveliness, ardor, eagerness," from alacer (genitive alacris) "cheerful, quick, vibrant;" that is of uncertain beginning, maybe cognate with Gothic aljan "zeal," Old English ellen "courage, zeal, energy," Old High German ellian.
(letter.) A cheerful ability, determination, or promptitude; joyous task; briskness; sprightliness; as, the soldiers higher level with alacrity to satisfy the enemy.
In 1867 the Magyars accepted with alacrity this role in Hungary, the eastern half of the Dual Monarchy, while in the Cisleithanian territories the cooperation of the Poles was also sought.