congratulatory

[kuh n-grach-uh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee or, often, -graj-, kuh ng-]

adjective

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 formsnon·con·grat·u·la·to·ry, adjectivequa·si-con·grat·u·la·to·ry, adjectiveun·con·grat·u·la·to·ry, adjective
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Related Words for congratulatory

complimentary, celebratory, flattering, laudatory

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Word Origin and History for congratulatory
adj.

1520s; see congratulate + -ory.

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