celerity (n.) Old form(s): celeritie
alacrity, rapidity, swiftness
AC I.ii.145[Antony to Enobarbus, of Cleopatra] I do not think there is mettle in death ... she hath such a celerity in dying
H5 III.chorus.2[Chorus] Thus with imagined wing our swift scene flies / In motion of no less celerity / Than that of thought
MM IV.ii.107[disguised Duke to himself] hath offence his quick celerity, / When it is borne in high authority
MM V.i.391[Duke to Isabella, of Claudio] It was the swift celerity of his death ... / That brained my purpose
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