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.
  1. Obsolete. made happy.

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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British Dictionary definitions for felicitator


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



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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