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[kuh n-grach-uh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee or, often, -graj-, kuh ng-] /kənˈgrætʃ ə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i or, often, -ˈgrædʒ-, kəŋ-/
expressing or conveying congratulations:
a congratulatory telegram.
Origin of congratulatory
1515-25; < Medieval Latin congrātulātōrius, equivalent to Latin congrātulā(rī) (see congratulate) + -tōrious -tory1
Related forms
noncongratulatory, adjective
quasi-congratulatory, adjective
uncongratulatory, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Her gasp of astonishment was lost in the chorus of congratulatory cries.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • But it nettled her that everybody should be so congratulatory, and nobody surprised.

  • See you not that your congratulatory work would have been easy?

  • "You have certainly had a narrow escape," he went on with a congratulatory smile.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • "She was mistaken this time, if she never was before," said Bob, with a congratulatory smile.

    Seek and Find Oliver Optic
  • Even during the morning she received a congratulatory message from the manager.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • The general attitude of the assembly was good natured and congratulatory.

    The Comings of Cousin Ann Emma Speed Sampson
Word Origin and History for congratulatory

1520s; see congratulate + -ory.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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