- to compliment upon a happy event; congratulate.
- Archaic. to make happy.
- Obsolete. made happy.
Origin of felicitate
Examples from the Web for felicitating
Me, I will have the air of felicitating myself that I am alive.The Incomplete Amorist
The first was felicitating himself on his sister's escape; the latter received the lesson that teaches prudence a la distance.
The citizens of the United States were felicitating their brothers across the water upon the achievement of so desirable a result.
The Dutch are now felicitating themselves upon the depth and the felicity of their politics.
When we reach some great good, long desired, we begin by felicitating ourselves.The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Volume III.
- to wish joy to; congratulate
Word Origin and History for felicitating
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.