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She completed each assignment with alacrity.
  quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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alacrity alacritous
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  • She completed each assignment with alacrity.
  • She accepted the invitation with alacrity.
  • Tom gave up the brush with reluctance in his face, but alacrity in his heart.
    Twain, Mark  --  Tom Sawyer
  • She did it with a pleased alacrity and a heightened enthusiasm.
    Twain, Mark  --  A Tramp Abroad

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  • The hunters sallied forth with keen alacrity, and soon returned laden with provisions.
    Irving, Washington  --  Astoria or Anecdotes  of an enterprise beyond the Rocky Mountains
  • Sir William and Lady Lucas were speedily applied to for their consent; and it was bestowed with a most joyful alacrity.
    Austen, Jane  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • The passengers granted the request with alacrity, and straightway disappeared on the platform.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Her reply came with surprising alacrity.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Displaying impressive alacrity, a host was already standing there to greet them.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Tom gave up the brush with reluctance in his face, but alacrity in his heart.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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  • "Give me the Herr’s luggage," said the driver, and with exceeding alacrity my bags were handed out and put in the caleche.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • And then a number of brisk young men began with remarkable alacrity to tidy up the goods that remained disturbed.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • "I willingly obey the orders of my Chief," said The Vengeance with alacrity, and kissing her cheek.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • More than two thousand raving savages broke from the forest at the signal, and threw themselves across the fatal plain with instinctive alacrity.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The girl jumped up, with great alacrity; poured it quickly out, but with her back towards him; and held the vessel to his lips, while he drank off the contents.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • "All right," Beauty Smith spoke up with the alacrity of fear.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • "Won’t I!" said Laurie, with alacrity.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Victor Lebrun ... accepted with alacrity.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • I proceeded in my electrical experiments with great alacrity;
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • He had a uniform jacket with one button off, and seeing a white man on the path, hoisted his weapon to his shoulder with alacrity.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Displaying a surprising amount of alacrity, strength, and flexibility, she clambered over the many rows of breastwork the dwarves had engineered, swinging from pole to pole, leaping over trenches, and finally running...
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • ...while Miss Ophelia piled and sorted dishes, emptied dozens of scattering bowls of sugar into one receptacle, sorted napkins, table-cloths, and towels, for washing; washing, wiping, and arranging with her own hands, and with a speed and alacrity which perfectly amazed Dinah.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Not the least among the employments of Ginger Nut, as well as one which he discharged with the most alacrity, was his duty as cake and apple purveyor for Turkey and Nippers.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • ...and then in glad silence and with cheerful alacrity each of our stout rowers took his oar, and commending ourselves to God with all our hearts, we began to shape our course for the island of Majorca, the nearest Christian land.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Needless to say, I accepted with alacrity.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • ...if I had then known the nature of princes and ministers, which I have since observed in many other courts, and their methods of treating criminals less obnoxious than myself, I should, with great alacrity and readiness, have submitted to so easy a punishment.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • (With alacrity, suddenly looking at George) Oh, yes!
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • This heightened alacrity had its cause, namely, the impression made upon him by the first formal gangway-punishment he had ever witnessed, which befell the day following his impressment.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • …was their fuss about little matters, and marvellous, sometimes, the obtuseness that allowed greater ones to slip between their fingers Whenever such a mischance occurred—when a waggon-load of valuable merchandise had been smuggled ashore, at noonday, perhaps, and directly beneath their unsuspicious noses—nothing could exceed the vigilance and alacrity with which they proceeded to lock, and double-lock, and secure with tape and sealing-wax, all the avenues of the delinquent vessel.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Yet this government never of itself furthered any enterprise, but by the alacrity with which it got out of its way.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • After a couple of minutes’ unbroken silence, Henry, turning to Catherine for the first time since her mother’s entrance, asked her, with sudden alacrity, if Mr. and Mrs. Allen were now at Fullerton?
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • The painful thing observable about all this business was the alacrity with which this oppressed community had turned their cruel hands against their own class in the interest of the common oppressor.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • The old woman ... responded to Mrs. Henchard-Newson’s request for a pennyworth with more alacrity than she had shown in selling six-pennyworths in her younger days.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • ...and came with unusual alacrity towards the door;
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • Thomasin had been persuaded by her aunt, and by an instinctive impulse of loyalty towards her cousin Clym, to bestir herself on his account with an alacrity unusual in her during these most sorrowful days of her life.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • I have not that alacrity of spirit
    Nor cheer of mind that I was wont to have.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • ...he participated in the conversation with as much alacrity as he had formerly shut it out.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • Mac suddenly shot his hand up and snagged the bird by the leg in midair, then handed the squirming animal to Louie, who was amazed at Mac’s alacrity.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • A natural and prompt alacrity I find in hardness;
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • Hendon despatched his ablutions with alacrity,
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • "Missis is a heap too good for us," said Sam, making his bow with alacrity, and departing.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • "He must have cut a mean minuet," she said, but called her uncle, who responded with alacrity.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Simon sat up with such alacrity that the person opposite him jerked back with a hiss.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • It was they who monetized TruYou, who found ways to reap funds from all of Ty’s innovations, and it was they who grew the company into the force that subsumed Facebook, Twitter, Google, and finally Alacrity, Zoopa, Jefe and Quan.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • It did come under my notice that some cartmen worked for whatever the sufferers felt able to pay, and one I knew worked with alacrity for nothing.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • In fact, considering how I had so coveted the job in the first place, I was rather surprised at the relief, indeed the alacrity, with which I accepted my dismissal only five months later.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I didn’t wait for the conclusion of her invitation, but leapt to my feet with alacrity.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The harried young man rose on one elbow with alacrity as they approached.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • ’He turns you adrift on the world with surprising alacrity.’
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
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