celerity late 15c., from M.Fr. célérité (14c.), from L. celeritatem (nom. celeritas) "swiftness," from celer "swift," from possible PIE root *kel- "to drive, set in swift motion" (Cf. Skt. carati "goes," Gk. keles "fast horse or ship," keleuthos "journey, road," Lith. sulys "a gallop," O.H.G. scelo "stallion").

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