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felicitate

[fi-lis-i-teyt]
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verb (used with object), fe·lic·i·tat·ed, fe·lic·i·tat·ing.
  1. to compliment upon a happy event; congratulate.
  2. Archaic. to make happy.
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adjective
  1. Obsolete. made happy.
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Origin of felicitate

1595–1605; < Late Latin fēlīcitātus made happy (past participle of fēlīcitāre). See felicity, -ate1
Related formsfe·lic·i·ta·tor, nounun·fe·lic·i·tat·ed, adjectiveun·fe·lic·i·tat·ing, adjective
Can be confusedfacile facilitate facility felicitate
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Examples from the Web for felicitate

Historical Examples

  • It will harmonize and felicitate to whatever extent it is diffused.

    Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II

    Francis Augustus Cox

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

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for felicitate

felicitate

verb
  1. to wish joy to; congratulate
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Derived Formsfelicitator, noun
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Word Origin and History for felicitate

v.

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.

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