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celerity (noun) swiftness; speed.

When you act with celerity, you are very fast, and you take a very quick action. 'He disposed of his ancestral property, just within a week after his father's death. This shows his celerity for cashing his father's property.' This means that he was just waiting for cashing his ancestral property, and quickly disposed it of, at the earliest chance.

  • The celerity with which Shylock in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, proceeded to cut off a pound of flesh from Antonio’s body, showed his eagerness to be rid of Antonio as quickly as possible.
  • Tennis stars need a lot of celerity to be successful, as they have to move very quickly from one side of the court to the other, to be able to receive the ball from the opponent and hit it back.
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