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Thursday, December 19

Celerity

[sə-LER-it-ee]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Latin, 15th century

1.

Swiftness or rapid movement

2.

In oceanography, individual wave speed

Examples of Celerity in a sentence

"When the fire alarm went off, everyone headed to the exits with celerity."

"Judging the celerity of an incoming wave is crucial for surfers."

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About Celerity

Celerity is a noun that means action is occurring at a rapid pace. It can be a literal quickness of the feet, or it can be a general sense of urgency. Use celerity when a quick response is important.

Did you Know?

French has a word, "célérité," which has essentially the same pronunciation and meaning as the English word. But "celerity" is actually traced back to Latin roots. "Celeritas" means quickness or haste.

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