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[grach-uh-ley-shuh n]
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  1. a feeling of joy.
  2. the expression of joy.
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Origin of gratulation

1425–75; late Middle English gratulacioun < Latin grātulātiōn- (stem of grātulātiō). See gratulate, -ion
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late 15c., gratulacyon "expression of thanks," from Latin gratulationem (nominative gratulatio) "a manifestation of joy, wishing joy, rejoicing," from past participle stem of gratulari "give thanks, show joy," from gratus "agreeable" (see grace).

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