That Word: Number 1

That Word is a segment where I will be posting a new word each week. They are words that I’ve newly discovered or words I’ve known but wanted to be more thorough in knowing the meaning. This could be for you writer’s like myself looking carefully into the words we use or it could be for those people who are just interested in all kinds of different words. No matter which one you are, this post is for you. This week’s word is…


Where I Discovered It

I discovered ‘alacrity’ while reading Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray


  1. cheerful readiness, promptness or willingness
  2. Liveliness; briskness

Other forms: alacritous, unalacritous,

*Definitions  sourced from

Example Sentences

“Alacrity is essential,” Abel agrees, (Defy the Stars p.142)

Adrian went about his day without alacrity.

Maybe he could face the day with alacrity.

My Thoughts

When I read ‘alacrity’ I didn’t really have much of an idea of what it meant. Which is why it was immediately one I added to my list of words I wanted to know more about. Now that I know the meaning, I think it is likely a word I will begin using more.

It terms of the sound of ‘alacrity’ it almost sounds awkward. I know there were a couple of times I went to type it and almost spelled wrong. I think the way it sounds helps me remember it more, though. Which is a good thing because it has at the moment become a favourite of mine.


What are your thoughts? Have you seen or heard ‘alacrity’ before? Have you used it before? Do you think you would use it in the future? Feel free to share your thoughts with me in the comments below.

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