Definition of celerity in English:

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Pronunciation: /sɪˈlɛrɪti/


[mass noun] archaic or literary
Swiftness of movement.
Example sentences
  • An individual's crime calculus is influenced by three factors: certainty, severity, and celerity of punishment.
  • Nowhere does fear do its work with more celerity and less constraint than in the financial markets, which often flee even from their own shadows.
  • Coerced abstinence reflects a shift in emphasis from the severity of potential sanctions for continued drug use to a focus on the certainty and celerity of consequences of use as the primary mechanism for changing offender behavior.


Late 15th century: from Old French celerite, from Latin celeritas, from celer 'swift'.

Words that rhyme with celerity

ambidexterity, asperity, austerity, dexterity, ferrety, posterity, prosperity, severity, sincerity, temerity, verity

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