While it looks a lot like celery, celerity means something that vegetables are not — fast moving. Gossip often travels with celerity, as do children trying to get to a big plate of cookies.

When you see the word celerity, think accelerate, like a car when you step on the gas. Both words share the Latin root celer which means swift. You may want to study for exams with celerity, but using a slower, more methodical approach will often yield better results.

Definitions of celerity
  1. noun
    a rate that is rapid
    synonyms: quickness, rapidity, rapidness, speediness
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    rapidity of movement
    immediacy, immediateness, instancy, instantaneousness
    the quickness of action or occurrence
    despatch, dispatch, expedition, expeditiousness
    the property of being prompt and efficient
    promptitude, promptness
    the characteristic of doing things without delay
    type of:
    clip, pace, rate
    the relative speed of progress or change
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