[ fi-lis-i-tee ]
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noun,plural fe·lic·i·ties.
  1. the state of being happy, especially in a high degree; bliss: marital felicity.

  2. an instance of this.

  1. a source of happiness.

  2. a skillful faculty: felicity of expression.

  3. an instance or display of this: the many felicities of the poem.

  4. Archaic. good fortune.

Origin of felicity

1350–1400; Middle English felicite (from Anglo-French ) from Latin fēlīcitās, equivalent to fēlīci- (stem of fēlīx ) “happy” + -tās -ty2

synonym study For felicity

1. See happiness.

Other words from felicity

  • non·fe·lic·i·ty, noun

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Other definitions for Felicity (2 of 2)

[ fi-lis-i-tee ]

  1. a female given name, form of Felicia.

  • Also Fe·lic·i·ta [fi-lis-i-tuh]. /fɪˈlɪs ɪ tə/.

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How to use felicity in a sentence

  • He is a creator of television shows including felicity, Alias, and Lost.

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  • “Now this is what I call real felicity,” observed the major, pulling out a pipe which he proceeded to fill.

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  • The charm of style, the delicacy of touch, and felicity of phrase, are in both cases preeminent.

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  • I conceive that the strictest union of affection is requisite to conjugal felicity.

  • Marriage, which ought to be a source of all felicity, is often to a man a heavy burden which crushes him through want of fortune.

  • On the sweet face of this brave mother, once so severely tried, the expression of profound felicity was depicted.

British Dictionary definitions for felicity


/ (fɪˈlɪsɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. happiness; joy

  2. a cause of happiness

  1. an appropriate expression or style

  2. the quality or display of such expressions or style

  3. 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

Origin of felicity

C14: from Latin fēlīcitās happiness, from fēlix happy

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