- to compliment upon a happy event; congratulate.
- Archaic. to make happy.
- Obsolete. made happy.
Origin of felicitate
Examples from the Web for felicitate
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.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
Having ceased to be your wife, dare I felicitate you on becoming a father?Josephine
John S. C. Abbott
- to wish joy to; congratulate
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.