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[kuh n-grach-uh-ley-shuh n or, often, -graj-, kuh ng-] /kənˌgrætʃ əˈleɪ ʃən or, often, -ˌgrædʒ-, kəŋ-/
the act of congratulating.
congratulations, an expression of joy in the success or good fortune of another.
congratulations, (used to express joy in the success or good fortune of another):
Congratulations! You have just won the lottery!
Origin of congratulation
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin congrātulātiōn- (stem of congrātulātiō), equivalent to congrātulāt(us) (see congratulate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
congratulational, adjective
precongratulation, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • From the spectators under the cliff there came a murmur of congratulation not unmixed with astonishment.

    Marie H. Rider Haggard
  • In the clamor of question and congratulation, no word could be distinguished at first.

    Teddy: Her Book Anna Chapin Ray
  • Telegrams of congratulation at his escape poured in from every state and principal town.

  • The moon is a prominent object of attention and congratulation at this time.

    Moon Lore Timothy Harley
  • When permission is given to send her to Court, what joy there is, what bedecking, what congratulation!

  • Oh how vain, how wretched, sounded that congratulation in my own ears!

    The Fixed Period Anthony Trollope
  • "A great win, Jack," said Adrien, offering her hand in congratulation.

    To Him That Hath Ralph Connor
  • Enclosing a letter of congratulation on the birth of the Dauphin.

Word Origin and History for congratulation

mid-15c., from Latin congratulationem (nominative congratulatio), noun of action from past participle stem of congratulari "wish joy," from com- "together, with" (see com-) + gratulari "give thanks, show joy," from gratus "agreeable" (see grace (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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