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[fi-lis-i-teyt] /fɪˈlɪs ɪˌteɪt/
verb (used with object), felicitated, felicitating.
to compliment upon a happy event; congratulate.
Archaic. to make happy.
Obsolete. made happy.
Origin of felicitate
1595-1605; < Late Latin fēlīcitātus made happy (past participle of fēlīcitāre). See felicity, -ate1
Related forms
felicitator, noun
unfelicitated, adjective
unfelicitating, adjective
Can be confused
facile, facilitate, facility, felicitate. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for felicitate
Historical Examples
  • It will harmonize and felicitate to whatever extent it is diffused.

  • I felicitate you heartily, sir, on your success, but beg I may be spared the story of it.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • A word to the wise, etc., and let me speedily have occasion to felicitate you in like manner.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke
  • They should call on her and felicitate her as soon as they have been informed of the affair.

    The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain
  • Having ceased to be your wife, dare I felicitate you on becoming a father?

    Josephine John S. C. Abbott
  • I felicitate you on the superior and lofty aims which have drawn you together.

  • I felicitate myself on a mistake which promises to result so happily.

    Checkmate Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • I felicitate you for the efforts made and invite you to continue them.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 3 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • "Let me felicitate you on your forehandedness," Harleston called from the next room.

  • My flawed life has that to felicitate upon—that I have not spent it in fat lumps of writing, magazine tales and sex-novels.

    I, Mary MacLane Mary MacLane
British Dictionary definitions for felicitate


to wish joy to; congratulate
Derived Forms
felicitator, noun
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Word Origin and History for felicitate

1620s, "to render happy;" 1630s, "to reckon happy;" from Latin felicitatus, past participle of felicitare "to make happy," from felicitas "fruitfulness, happiness," from felix (see felicity). Meaning "congratulate" is from 1630s. Related: Felicitated; felicitating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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