Felicity

[fi-lis-i-tee]
Also Fe·lic·i·ta [fi-lis-i-tuh] /fɪˈlɪs ɪ tə/.
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British Dictionary definitions for felicita

felicity

noun plural -ties
  1. happiness; joy
  2. a cause of happiness
  3. an appropriate expression or style
  4. the quality or display of such expressions or style
  5. philosophy appropriateness (of a speech act). The performative I appoint you ambassador can only possess felicity if uttered by one in whom the authority for such appointments is vested

Word Origin for felicity

C14: from Latin fēlīcitās happiness, from fēlix happy
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Word Origin and History for felicita

felicity

n.

late 14c., from Old French felicite (14c.) "happiness," from Latin felicitatem (nominative felicitas) "happiness, fertility," from felix (genitive felicis) "happy, fortunate, fruitful, fertile," from Latin root *fe-, equivalent of PIE *dhe(i)- "to suck, suckle, produce, yield" (see fecund).

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